“… it’s not the physical manifestation in the “expressive object … it’s the whole process or the development of an experience. Through the expressive object, the artist and observer encounter each other.” Art as Experience, John Dewey
Still Point Gallery is honored to host this special solo exhibit for Aimee Lee, one of Cleveland's leading artists. Having just returned from teaching in Vienna, Aimee is revered and exhibited in museums throughout the world. She is a paper maker, writer, educator and this country's leading Hanji researcher and practitioner. Her exhibit will feature paper dresses constructed from her own handmade hanji paper; a protracted and highly labor intensive creative process.
With respect to John Dewey's enduring quote (above), each hanji dress is an "expressive object", the culmination of Aimee's training, creative vision and collective experience. She will give a brief informal presentation on the process opening night and will be available to answer questions throughout the evening. Please join us and "encounter" each other through Aimee's works of art.
EACH DRESS A COLLECTIBLE WORK OF ART
IN HER OWN WORDS
My material is paper and my central concern is how we use and consider it. I make paper with abundant species, which involves harvesting plants, stripping and cooking to extract cellulose, beating fiber into pulp, forming sheets, drying, and surface designs and finishes. With this paper, I make thread, drawings, sculpture, books, garments, prints, and installations.
Korean art and culture root my work, which include making hanji—Korean paper—and transforming it with time-tested textile and paper techniques. These include natural dyeing and waxing, texturing for supple or stiff surfaces, slicing and spinning into thread, tearing strips to cord, and twining to weave like baskets. My inspiration comes from contemporary fashion and historical objects made from recycled paper. This particular body of garments stem from an ongoing interest and joy in applying textile methods and sensibility to handmade paper. For almost a decade, I have worked with hanji and expect to continue until I exhaust its possibilities. I have yet to feel I've approached its limits.
These clothes combine fiber choices for paper, raw materials for natural dye, inks for surface design and manipulation, and variable patterns for shapes and draping. Even without bodies to inhabit them, each piece exhibits a personality and story of its making to create a connected family. By working with time, labor, and observation, I connect past and present through everyday dress that meant something to people centuries ago and means something to us today.
In Korea, I heard stories of male monks who made their own clothing out of hanji, which they would burn upon completing a certain part of their studies. Later, I learned the reason behind hanji clothes: no women were involved in making the paper or the garment, and the monks could remain chaste. Paper clothing eliminated the need to weave and sew, jobs known as women's work. Today, I make paper in the Korean tradition even though I am a woman, and am proud to be part of a worldwide network of people who design and make dress—whether out of practical necessity or creative expression.
Special thanks to Kate and Geoff at Still Point Gallery; Nan and Debbie at Bolt & Spool; and my friends Pam, Angela, and Velma, who generously provided sewing machines.
PLEASE JOIN US FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd, 6:00 - 8:30
TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF AIMEE LEE'S
SOLO EXHIBIT "CLOTHED"
Evening, Still Point Gallery
NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF CANVAS, GEOFF BAKER'S EXHIBIT OF LARGE FORMAT
ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS WHICH CONCLUDES SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Opening Reception: "Clothed", Aimee Lee
Friday, March 3: 6:00 - 8:30