Haerim Lee = Rim Lee's art stimulates dialogue with communities through painting, public murals, artist books, and photography. Her practice is rooted in ethnographical research: She investigates the history of an architectural site—such as the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Cabrini Green, or the murals on the South Side of Chicago or in Gary, Indiana— and translating into in her studio practice. Her practice critiques of institutionalized demarcations of power. Originally from S. Korea, a monoethnic country, she is interested in racial dynamics, particularly in the South Side of Chicago where she currently living in the neighborhood with diverse ethnicities from different backgrounds and cultural heritage. Unlike homogenous culture, living in the particular environment helps her to learn other people stories and create a learning space together. Although it creates racial complexities, it challenges to think power dynamics and how to understand one another.
Lee graduated from the MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Painting and Drawing Department as well as MA Program at the Visual and Critical Studies. She has had solo shows at Gallery Noone (2017) and Kasia Kay Art Project (2012) in Chicago, and Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (2012) in South Korea. She participated in group shows including The Body (2010) as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Out of Context (2019) at Chicago Artist Coalition, Korean Eye: 2020 (2019), Artists Run Chicago 2.0 (2020) at Hyde Park Art Center, and Young Eunji Keeps Memories: Consistently (2020) at Youngun Museum of Contemporary Art in S. Korea. She was awarded the Downtown Gary Public Art Competition from the Legacy Foundation (2017) as well as Make Together (2020) from the Hyde Park Art Center. She was a resident artist in Hatch Projects Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2018) and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center (2018).