Monday, February 15, 2016

Final Fridays at Essential Goods :: Der Lee | Exodus



We look forward to welcoming artist Der Lee for our February Final Friday Artwalk. Please join us at her opening reception, Exodus, on Friday, February 26th from 5 to 9 pm to meet the artist and check out her new work!
Artist Biography
Born and raised in Hutchinson, Kansas, Der Lee is the third youngest of eight children.  Being born a Hmong-American she encountered the influence that paper materials had in the Asian cultures as well as the American culture. 
After years of research of her own roots she discovered the Hmong had no written language until the 1950’s due to the suppression of other neighboring countries.  Every written form of language was destroyed and the last scripture was swallowed by Sonom, the Last Hmong Emperor, therefore the Hmong created their own language through ornamentation and textile designs sewn into clothing.  This highly influenced Der's interest in exploring the relationship between paper materials in society and its role in documentation, multi-cultural ritual practices and language. 
In 2014 Der attended three artist residencies in Japan which included the Awagami Paper Factory to learn how to make traditional Japanese washi paper in the Tokushima Province and at the Mokuhanga Printmaking Artist Residency at the foot of Mount Fuji in Kawaguchi.  She currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Visual Art with a Minor in Art History from the University of Kansas.