HELEN LEE, Nightshade Lace, 2020, 35 x 25 cm framed, photo on paper, Edition 1/1. $500



(she/they) was born and raised in Chicago to immigrant parents from South Korea. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has had the privilege of presenting works in the US, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Finland and Canada. They were awarded SAIC’s Graduate Dean Professional Development Award to attend The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Convergence hosted by York University and is currently a HATCH Artist Resident with Chicago Artists Coalition.


Helen creates performances and visual art works that weave storytelling, analog and/or digital practices in film, video and photography, taxidermy, installation and social practice. Their work often investigates the facets of cultural identity, racism, shame, memory, ancestral healing, honoring grief, plant medicine, food rituals and meanings of home. They hope the work they create can help to amplify the voices of Asian American women making their narratives more visible while building authentic and meaningful connections and accessibility in all communities.

HELEN LEE, Nightshade Lace