Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. Her work follows a research methodology which includes self-examination, transdisciplinary immersion and dialogue, and DIY design, ultimately taking the form of living units, furniture, wearables, recycling systems, and personal and social interventions.
Lee’s current work, the Infinity Burial Project, proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a unique strain of an edible mushroom to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue, the development of a decomposition "kit," and a membership society devoted to the promotion of death acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms.
Lee studied psychology and the natural sciences at Wellesley College, received a master of science in visual studies from MIT, and holds a certificate in permaculture design. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and in the U.S. She is a recipient of a 2009 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a 2010 Grant from the Institut fur Raumexperimente/Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, and a 2011 MAK Schindler Scholarship and Artist Residency in Los Angeles. Lee is a 2011 TED Global Fellow and an assistant professor of interaction design at George Washington University.
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Horvitz Hall, 220
106 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022