Yona Lee is known for her elaborate, site-specific installations that respond to and complicate our engagement with urban and domestic environments. Using stainless steel tubing and everyday objects, Lee’s labyrinthine structures encourage us to consider the frameworks – literal and figurative – that shape our interaction with public and private space.
Her work on CIRCUIT, Propositions, was originally commissioned in 2021 by the Govett Brewster Art Gallery. It introduces Lee’s practice to the conventions and characteristics of the digital world. Using 3D animation software and her own travel photographs, Lee has created a series of short animations in which her characteristic installations navigate environments both mundane and extraordinary around the world.
Lee’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand; and Westspace, Melbourne, Australia. Her work has featured in thematic exhibitions including the 2020 Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2020); 15th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2019); and Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Seoul, South Korea (2016).