Maia Ruth Lee’s Art of Movement and Memory

Featured image: Maia Ruth Lee, “B.B.Earth” (2024), acrylic on canvas, 109.25 x 184.25 inches (all photos Sigourney Schultz/Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — The evolving nature of language in relation to memory is at the heart of Maia Ruth Lee’s art and life. Growing up, the artist experienced home across three transitory locales with her itinerant parents. At the age of five, she and her family moved from South Korea to Kathmandu, Nepal, where her parents, both linguists, developed a Sherpa alphabet and subsequently translated a Korean-Sherpa Bible. Mirroring her parents’ experience of creating a written language based on oral traditions, Lee crafts a visual language to communicate her diasporic experience with tension and tenderness.

hold shimmer wind at François Ghebaly gallery offers a comprehensive look at the ongoing series at the center of Lee’s practice, including large-scale canvas paintings, the Bondage Baggage sculpture series, and the first complete presentation of a three-part video series.

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