Canadian Sculptures' Society

Shuhui Lee

Artist Statement

Each figurative sculpture is inspired by a live model. I tend to capture the human moment and the beauty of the body's twist. I want to create an intimate relationship between the viewer and the subject. Through the use of pose, body language and mood, I want to focus the viewer's gaze on the subject so that they can allow themselves to connect or to react. I am interested in the fact that this reaction speaks as much to the viewer's own feelings and experiences as to those they interpret in the subject they are regarding. In this collection I celebrate the human form in a few of its countless manifestations. The poses range from classic and demure, to contemporary and playful, with deviations into the striving athletic and abstract impressionistic. The absence of even a single straight line portends the infinite complexity of human morphology. I am perpetually fascinated by the subliminal turn of a slender neck, the exquisite rotation of a wrist, the eternally haunting topography of a breast and the graceful silhouette of a young face in pensive introspection. Other pieces explore the limbless potential of the torso alone to evoke mood and meaning, and the impressionistic space of a garment whose shape is defined by the body in absentia.

Brief Biography

2010 Art Certificate, Three-Year program in studio arts, The Art Centre, Central Technical School, Toronto
1991 Clinical Orthodontic Dental Programs, Dental Faculty, University of Toronto, ON
1985 Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Selected Exhibitions
2011 Nature, Richview Library, Toronto

2011 New Members 2011, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2011 SSC Presents…Emerging Sculptors, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2011 The Line, Vtape Gallery, 401 Richmond, Toronto
2011 Interplay, Gallery in the Garden, Sherway Garden Mall, Toronto
2011 Where The Wild Things Art, Etobicoke Art Group Show, Toronto
2011 Cold Snap, NPCC, Toronto
2010 Take Off, Adult Art Program Graduation Show, 401 Richmond Gallery, Toronto
2010 Cause & Effect, Annual Juried Show, Ontario Society of Artists, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

2010 Ethel Racius Award, The Canadian Society of Painters In Watercolour, ON
2010 Honourable Mention in Student Competition, MASC, ON
2010 Ethel Racius Award, The Ontario Society of Artists
2009 John Chadwick Award for Sculpture, The Art Centre, CTS



Media: clay, bronze

SSC Member Since: 2011