Sasha Yungju Lee
Sasha Yungju Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and moved
to Toronto, Canada in 1970. She graduated from Ontario College of Art
and spent her final year at the OCA New York City Off-Campus Program in
Manhattan. In subsequent years, Sasha lived and worked in New York City
as a special effects modelmaker, set designer and art director in the
film and television industry, where she contributed to several
award-winning films and TV shows. In 1990, Sasha moved to San Francisco
where she attended the Academy of Art College and focused on Computer
Arts. She has exhibited her art widely in both America and Canada; Sasha
continues to serve as an art consultant and advisor to many arts and
cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area.
Additionally, since moving to the west coast 17 years ago, she has been
tapping into her life-long passion: Eastern philosophy and healing
modalities. This pursuit eventually led her to the fascinating study of
Chinese Metaphysics and Feng Shui. This journey has greatly influenced
her artmaking and her life.
My work was developed out of my experience of displacement of place
and self. Being born in South Korea, educated in Canada and living in
the U.S., I am filtering the world through the lens of a
Korean-Canadian-American woman. This multi-cultural identity has given
me a particular perspective concerning issues of borders and belongings.
My Oh Canada series was created to speak to a global concern of currency
being the basis of cultural identity.
An incentive of my image-making is to present a conceptual construct
which addresses relationships between cultural values and the role of
the individual. It is still questionable to me what the American
perspective of the global economy is, even after living in the United
States for half of my life and becoming a permanent resident.
The underlying notion integral to my artwork is a disconnection from one
particular place or culture and life within a conglomeration of
cultures; my strength has been an ability to be adaptable, living