Sammy Lee, “A Very Proper Table Setting,” hanji (Korean mulberry paper), ongoing series, 2017- present.

Sammy Seung-min Lee: Taking Root

Sammy Seung-min Lee explores the immigrant experience through cast paper sculptures of food and flora.

Oct. 1, 2022 – Feb. 5, 2023

Freyer – Newman Center

Using traditional Korean paper-making techniques, she transforms mulberry paper into trees, fungi, and table settings layered with longing and warmth. Exploring traditions surrounding food and home, Lee’s works give form to the ways in which we’re anchored by friends and family and examine what it means to take root in a new and unfamiliar culture.


About the Artist

Sammy Seung-min Lee is a Colorado-based artist born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Lee studied fine art and media at UCLA and architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A resident artist at Redline Contemporary Art Center, Lee also serves as an ambassador for Asian art at the Denver Art Museum, and operates a contemporary art project and residency space called Collective SML | k. Lee's work is held in museum collections including those of the Getty Research Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Spanish National Library in Madrid.



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