SANG EUN LEE
We require a sense of identity and belonging. Individuals derive a sense of identity from their culture. Surroundings or environment also influence how they live. We become who we are by developing a certain relationship to the past as well. Indeed, the notion of home has a great impact on our lives. No matter where we end up and how we grow, we are always the product of where we come from. The places we call home shape us and influence how we make connections and interact with one another.
A sense of detachment about places and home has also affected how I relate to people. I often feel disconnected amongst groups of people since I lack specific cultural ties. My longing for a non-existent place has been a constant in my life. Through reconstruction and reform my ideas and memories about origin and identity forge a space to reside in, a place for me to call home.
Sang was born in Seoul, Korea. She received a BFA in Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art and Design and an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. At Southern Illinois University, she worked as an instructor of record for three years teaching introductory level printmaking and drawing courses. After receiving an MFA degree, she moved to Peoria with her husband and started working as an artist and an instructor at her own studio. She works in multiple different media including traditional printmaking, digital media and installation.