I work with text, video and performance, exploring the way in which different cultural and linguistic systems affect the actions of language. My experience of moving to the U.S. from Korea and learning English as an adult, has shaped my artistic work—I am fascinated by the physical act of speaking. In my work I translate spoken text into written text and vice versa, and explore the resulting disjunctures that uncover basic imperfections of language. I am interested in the elements that spoken words hold – accents, durations, emotions, hesitations, and mistakes – as well as how to present those elements in different written forms. I often use dubbing and subtitles, juxtaposing spoken and written texts to explore the notion of “perfect” speech, the relationship between sound and image, and the ownership of language.
Sujin Lee has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been awarded residencies from Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, I-Park and Newark Museum and has participated in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of Art and the Emerge program at Aljira. She was a 2012-2013 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow. Her writing has been published in a book on the Korean-American artist, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, in South Korea.