Grace Eun Mi Lee

Recipient of the Craft Ontario Scholarship

Grace Eun Mi Lee obtained a BFA in Craft Design at the University of Suwon, and an MFA in Ceramics at Hongik University in South Korea. She moved to Canada in 2010 and has continued with her goals in the art world. She is currently an artist in residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, and has been in her current role there since June 2011.

Grace is interested in things that are unnoticed and appear to have little or no significance on a regular basis. As we strive to do better, we often become oblivious to things that surround us. Using forms inspired by micro-organisms, she wants to emphasize the importance of individuality and the collective entity. The creatures she makes are an inter-connection of real and imagined existence. By taking the time to observe and give our attention to these small details, we are soon faced with another form of existence waiting for our recognition. Grace’s work is presented in a monumental presence through an accrual of small imaginative elements.

The primary technique used in her work is hand building. Grace likes to create whatever shapes she can imagine in her head using the hands and tools that she has at her disposal. Her goal is to create one-of-a-kind shapes that are precise and detailed while still having the “hand made” look and feel. She tries to use her surrounding environment and personal experiences to influence the shapes she create. Grace’s material of choice is porcelain ceramic. It is a medium that allows her to transform her imagination into a three dimensional representation.

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