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Label Me, Label You: Jiseon Lee Isbara

Rock Creek Helzer Gallery

Jiseon Lee Isbara

Show Dates: September 18 – October 27, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Tuesday, October 3 at 2pm

Jiseon Lee Isbara made the works in this exhibition in response to the election of Donald Trump, and to his administration’s anti-immigration policies.  Lee Isbara is a naturalized American citizen, born and raised in South Korea. She is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she also teaches in the MFA in Craft program. Lee Isbara is internationally renowned for her work in textiles:  embroidery, weaving, and large-scale fabric installations. She has adapted her training in traditional Korean embroidery techniques to pieces that frequently deal with her status as a person caught between two cultures and not fully belonging to either one.

Since November 9th, 2016, Lee Isbara has imagined herself characterized, not as an American citizen, but rather as “Female Asian Immigrant.” The pieces in Label Me Label You address the subjects of xenophobia, intolerance, nationalism, and racism through her meticulously embroidered banners and plaques, hand-woven armbands, letterpress prints, and other objects.

Lee Isbara received her first MFA in fibers from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea; and her second MFA in fibers from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Prudence Roberts
Helzer Gallery director

All works in this exhibition were made by Jiseon Lee Isbara in 2017.

  • APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP Letterpress on paper (96 pieces)
  • AM I WORTH IT? Fabric with machine stitching
  • PRECIOUS MANY Hand-dyed and stitched organza
  • FEMALE ASIAN IMMIGRANT Fabric with hand embroidery and beads
  • PERSONALIZE YOUR ARMBANDS Hand-dyed and woven fabric (48 pieces)
  • WELCOME Fabric
  • IMPORTANT Machine stitching on paper
  • USE YOUR WORDS Fabric with hand embroidery