Biography
Grace Eun Mi Lee is a Korean born ceramic artist who’s known for her creative one-of-kind installations and functional pieces.
Inspirations behind her creatively whimsical designs are driven from her imagination of the details in our daily lives that don’t receive proper attention. The personalities visible in each of her pieces is a representation of the missed details.
She applies her classical training in ceramics in a very contemporary form that generates curiosity from the audience.
Grace received her BFA in Craft Design from Suwon University in 2005 and her MFA in Ceramics at Hongik University in 2009. Further to her studies,she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada from 2011 to 2014.
She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards from Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Craft Council, Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition, and Cheongju Internation Craft Competition.
More recently, Grace’s work has been featured in various forms of public media including television, magazines and numerous online articles. Her body of work can be seen across the world in Seoul, London, Paris, Bejing, Toronto, and now Richmond.
Artist Statement
I am 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, I want to emphasize the importance of the individuality and the collective entity. The creatures are an interconnection of reality and 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.
My work is presented in a monumental presence through the accrual of small imaginative elements.
Education
2006 – 2009 M.F.A. in Ceramics, Hong Ik University, Seoul, South Korea
2000 – 2005 B.F.A. in Craft Design (Ceramics), Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea
Professional Experiences
2011 – 2014 Artist in Residency at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2009 Hongik University Ceramic Art Research Institute, Hongik University Ceramic Art Research Institute, Seoul, South Korea
2007 Assistant Designer, Nanishow, Ilsan, South Korea – www.nanishow.com Lectures and Workshops
2007 Long Beach Summer Workshop, CAL State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA Residencies
Awards/ Grants/ Scholarships
Oct 2015 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Feb 2015 Craft Projects:Creation and Development Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Jan 2015 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Oct 2014 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Oct 2014 Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award, Craft Ontario, Canada
Jan 2014 Herman Miller Jurors Award,Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014,Canada
Oct 2013 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Oct 2013 Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship,Canada
Aug 2013 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Feb 2013 Craft Projects:Creation and Development Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Nov 2012 Exhibition Assistant Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Sept 2012 Access and Career Development Grant,Ontario Art Council,Canada
Sept 2009 Cheongju International Craft Competition ‘Out of the Box’, Cheongju Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
Nov 2007 Personal work added to permanent collection, Cube Art Museum, Beijing, China
Nov 2006 The 3rd Modern Ceramic Art Award of Korea, Incheon Seogu Culture Centre, Incheon, South Korea
Dec 2002 Beautiful Hwasung Contest, Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea
Nov 2002 Hwasung Si Cultural Craft Design Contest, Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea
June 2002 The 8th Haengju Art Contest –Special Award, Korean Fine Arts Association, Koyang, South Korea
Aug 2002 The 38th Gyeonggi Art Contest –Special Award, Korean Fine Arts Association, Gyeonggi, South Korea