Born 1976, Seoul. Lives and works Seoul
Soyo Lee’s research-based practice examines how history, ethics and beauty influence the way we view and understand living things. Her ongoing work Ornamental Cactus Design (2013–16) consists of live cactus installations, research materials and cactus grafting workshops that explore the history of the hibotan or moon cactus, a hybrid plant that cannot photosynthesise on its own and has to be joined to another plant in order to survive.
Mass-produced in Korea for over 30 years, the moon cactus is now a major commercial export. Her work raises questions about why such hybrid plants are considered desirable, when similar organisms, such as cross-species animals, are often looked on with dismay.
For New Romance Lee presents a series of hands-on workshops where participants will hear about the history of the moon cactus and the grafting techniques required to make their own hybrid cactus creations.
Lee’s research material is available to view in the New Romance Resource Area on Level 2 (opposite the Library).