Maia Ruth Lee’s series Vessels is part of her solo exhibition Language as Storage, on view at Picture Room from May 13 – July 21, 2022. Through this body of work Lee lays out an argument for language and storage operating as a synonymous concept. Both are markers of time with a lineage and an etymology of baggage, and both are soaked with a personal significance that goes outside their physical forms – beyond the strokes that compose a glyph or the structure of a container – carrying unique markers of identity.
Maia Ruth Lee is an artist born in Busan, South Korea. Select solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Eli Ping Frances Perkins and Jack Hanley Gallery in New York. Leeʼs upcoming 2022 exhibitions will take place at Francois Ghebaly (LA), Aspen Museum, Champ Lacombe (FR) and ICASF. Lee participated in numerous group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial 2019, CANADA gallery, Studio Museum 127, Salon 94 in New York, and Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles. Lee was the recipient of the Gold Art Prize in 2021 and the Rema Hort Mann grant in 2017. Her work is held in the public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She lives and works in Salida, Colorado.