January 21, 2020 —The Kendal Gallery exhibit “Sustained: Hanji Artwork by Aimee Lee,” features handmade paper clothing and sculpture. All are fabricated out of paper made by the artist, using mainly fibers from milkweed plants. Many appear to be wearable, and some may actually be wearable. This unique exhibit runs through December 9 at Kendal at Oberlin. The public is welcome to visit the gallery.
At Aimee’s artist’s reception on Friday, November 2, she was presented with a 2019 Ohio Heritage Fellowship by Kathy Signorino, director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Artist Programs. The award is given in recognition of artists’ outstanding work in folk and traditional arts and their impact on the people and communities of the State of Ohio.
Hanji is a historic Korean style of papermaking, nearly 2,000 years old. Aimee noted in her talk that paper made in this style has been prized for centuries for its quality, durability and beauty. She also discussed how her quest to learn more about Hanji led her to spend time in Korea, and reconnect with her family’s heritage. Aimee’s parents were born in Korea, but met and raised their family in the United States. To learn more about Aimee Lee’s work, visit her website.
Aimee is a graduate of Oberlin College and currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her show runs in the Kendal Gallery through December 9. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on weekends, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.