Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. She graduated from Ewha Women’s University with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Voice in 1985. Lee moved to New Zealand in 1993 and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Intermedia at Elam School, The University of Auckland in 2002. She now lives and works in New York, Auckland, and Seoul. She has been widely exhibited internationally and is currently the Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Design and Creative Technology, AUT, Auckland, New Zealand.
Lee works across a range of ‘cyber’ media questioning new technology’s role in image making and representation. Since 2001 she has developed and evolved her animated character TOKI, as part of her on-going TOKI/Cyborg Project. In that project, she speaks to the manipulation and perception of female sexual identity and challenges the conventions of the traditionally male-dominated worlds of game structure and 3D animation, specifically when it comes to virtualized images of women. Through her numerous works she demonstrates that the exploitation of the female body is still very much a relevant question. A new animation in the TOKI series has been created for A Different View.
Lee is represented by Stark White Gallery.