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

A first-generation Korean immigrant, Sammy Seung-min Lee transforms Korean hanji paper into intimate artworks exploring how familiar traditions can become unfamiliar within the setting of a foreign culture. 

Lee’s works use mealtime customs to tell personal stories about the ways in which the strangeness of a new culture can make even the mundane comforts of food and home seem incongruous. These works are also an opportunity to take a seat at someone else’s table—a glimpse into what it means to take root and make a new home. 


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.


Meet the Artist: Sammy Seung-min Lee


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