Josephine Lee - "Challenging yourself to stand outside your comfort zone"

Greetings, my name is Josephine Lee. I primarily create installation, sculpture, printed matter, and performance. My conceptual practice is informed by my research interest in traditional material craft processes in relation to historical North American migration patterns of immigrant communities and the role of the place and the home. Through my work, I like to play with improbable gestures (i.e., breaking a wall with sound, making a leaf fall from thin air, etc) in order to reveal moments of violence, resistance, trauma, and potential. My aim is to traverse the width of a particular moment and place in time as an antecedent to a deeper examination of the inadequacy of representation, the complications of overlapping racial histories, and the complexity of unfolding spaces of unknowing and unlearning.  

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The month of March flew by in a hurry, and between finishing up my degree at UBC, interviewing for master’s programs, working, and spending time familiarizing myself with the spaces and tools of Makerlabs, I feel as though there is still so much to be worked on before I can feel that I am fully flexing the potentials of this residency. I think that is how it goes for most things; the first few weeks of learning something new or being in a different place is mostly about challenging yourself to stand outside your comfort zone and to grow.

  Test carving basswood

Test carving basswood

This month has certainly been an education; from the workshops on using the Laser cutter, CNC Router, Woodshop, and Metal lab, to the impromptu discussions with members about tools and techniques, to the calm weekend mornings punctuated by the whirring of saw blades and weaving looms, Makerlabs seems to be in perpetual motion, which in a way influences my own body into action and inspiration.

  Prototype of a leaf shooter, installation

Prototype of a leaf shooter, installation

Through the coming month of April, I will write about works that I am currently fixed on. Or perhaps more broadly, the thoughts have been percolating in my noodle in relation to the works I am creating. A number of these projects will still require a few more workshops (i.e., 3D printing, Woodshop 102 and Lathe, etc) before I feel that they are ready, so I am looking forward to seeing what is possible and what else might develop in the coming weeks.

  Prototype plaster cast for a sound installation

Prototype plaster cast for a sound installation