Born 1988 in Seoul (South Korea),
lives and works in Seoul (South Korea)
Mire Lee’s motorised sculptures feel like organic machines in which viscous liquids circulate and spread through tangled cables and pipes. The artist’s works – arising from her ambiguous emotional relationship with her materials, such as steel, silicone and clay – explore the tension between attraction and repulsion, love and hatred, gentleness and violence, domination and submission. Inspired by the reference to “vore”, a fetishistic practice that involves wanting to swallow or be swallowed, her piece for the Biennale explores the act of devouring as the ultimate way of uniting.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Korea (MCST), Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS), and the Fund for Korean Art Abroad (FKAA) programme