Haerim Lee = Rim Lee employs the medium of painting to enter into dialogue with a community in a particular place. Her artist practice is research-based, investigating the history of an architectural site—such as the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Cabrini Green, and Gary, Indiana— and using it as a raw material in her studio practice.
Lee currently lives and works in Chicago. In 2017, she graduated from the MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Painting and Drawing Department. She has had solo shows at Gallery Noone (2017) and Kasia Kay Art Project (2012) in Chicago, and Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (2012) in South Korea. She has participated in group shows including The Body (2010) as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Compassion Show (2017), To Listen. To Speak. To Act. (2017), and the MFA Thesis Show (2017) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently was awarded the Downtown Gary Public Art Competition from the Legacy Foundation (2017). She was a resident artist in Hatch Projects Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2018) and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center (2018).
The artist book project, Chicago Murals as Social Infrastructure, investigates how some public murals embody the voices of the community including individual and collective voices that have historically been marginalized. The murals are also an expression of creativity, collective activity, and a sense of belonging in an urban space. These murals assume and have assumed a critical role in revealing aspects of how these communities see themselves and express their identity and history.
The artist books are small scale of zine accordion books. By unfolding the books which contain mural imagery of the text from my writings and texts from the interviews. The artist books function as a visual archive to contains information of the community murals such as The Wall of Respect (1971), as well as contemporary murals such as Major Taylor Trail (2018). The idea of social infrastructural space which alludes library where another social infrastructure that audience can go to access the information.