June Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to the United States at age 18. She received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. After graduation, she moved back to Korea where she currently works and teaches. She continues to travel around the world showing her work and participating in residency programs.
In June Lee’s words, “My work focuses on the individual in the contemporary society today. I explore the neutrality and duality of the individual as a distinct unity and again as a constituent of the collective society. In particular, I shed light on the social phenomena surrounding the individual in contemporary social space, especially on negative conditions such as bystander effect, mass psychology, scapegoating, and biases. Using East Asian element of the thread, which represents human life, to form human figure-like works, my art looks at the problems of the modern man from a third-person perspective.”