Susie J. Lee is a Seattle-based artist who works with video and sound installations. Lee’s Shadow Playing explores ideas of what parts of the self women keep or leave behind as they move from adolescence to adulthood.
Susie Lee titled her 2007 exhibition at Lawrimore Project in Seattle Refrain. It is an odd word that is either a verb that means to hold back or abstain, or a noun that describes lines in music or verse that recur or persist. Much of Lee’s work is about restraint and repetition. Nothing appears to be happening, then the rain or the hammering begins, stops and begins again. She uses light, darkness, video, sound, sculpture and poetry. Stories and images intertwine and dissipate, alternately evoking intimacy or absence or loss.
Shadow Playing, like Refrain, will be a series of rooms, each with its own set of experiences. And like Refrain, the artist will use projected video and sound. Shadow Playing, while still addressing loss, has as its topic not the loss of a partner, but of parts of the self that one leaves behind in the transition from girlhood to womanhood.
Lee is interested in the playfulness of girls and the elusiveness of childhood. In Shadow Playing the viewer will catch glimpses of the shadow of a girl, overhear the sound of her voice. One work, Red Light/Green Light, takes its title from a playground game in which children move forward when the caller turns her back and calls out “green light,” and freeze at the words “red light” when she spins and tries to catch them moving. The game itself is a kind of stop-action live animation. Lee intends to capture the traces.
Curated by: Terri M. Hopkins
On View: January 6 – February 11, 2009