b.1963, Seoul, Korea. Lives and works in Seoul, Korea
Yeesookyung is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Seoul, Korea. Yee combines histories—art historical, spiritual, and cultural—into unique objects, imagery, and performances that reflect both her personal heritage and a global borderless moment. Internationally known for her acclaimed Translated Vase series, Yee collects discarded porcelain shards from Korean ceramists who make reproductions of porcelain masterworks. She then uses these elements to create a unique contemporary sculpture by affixing the composite pieces together using the traditional method of repairing ceramics with gold.
Yee received both her undergraduate degree and MFA in painting from the National University in Seoul. She has recently been featured in the following solo exhibitions Whisper Only to You at the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy (2019), Yeesookyung: Contemporary Korean Sculpture at the Asia Society in Houston, Texas (2015), as well as a major 10-year survey When I Become You that traveled from the Daegu Art Museum in Korea to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan (2015). Yee’s work has been shown internationally at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), the Buson Biennale (2010), among others.
Yee’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, IFEMA ARCO Collection in Madrid, Echigo-Tsumari City Collection in Japan, Saatchi Collection in London, and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney.