"Seexeng Lee's iconic art focusing on aspects of Hmong culture has made him one of the most widely renowned artists in the Hmong community and beyond"
The Blake School
The tunnel linking the Hopkins Lower School to the Middle School is undergoing a colorful transformation thanks to art teacher Seexeng Lee and a group of Blake student-artists. Look for more on this project in the months to come! (Video by Nadia Lee) [read more]
Post on: June 8, 2015 9:56:00 AM
24"x36", acrylic on canvas. 2013. The traveler---one who is on the move, moving from place to place through space, ideas, cultures and time signifying that change is inevitable. Yet it is more than change, is transformation. I believe that these changes, for the most part are for the better. They are always inevitable, despite resistance from elders. Even when one starts from a dark, sad and at times unbearable place, with strong work ethic, morals, support from others, and a sprinkle of luck, success may follow. Most importantly is not losing one's sense of hope. I strongly believe beautiful changes can and mostly likely will occur. We witness this transformation on a daily basis and throughout nature's wonders. The title comes from medieval times when Alchemy, the creation of something special from something common, was common.
18"x24", acrylic on canvas with 24kt gold, silver and copper highlights. 2005. The Hmong Paj Ntaub exists in two styles. The oldest form is the the "flower cloth" Paj Ntaub. The newest form, which first appeared in the Thailand refugee camps in the 1970's, is the "story cloth" Paj Ntaub.The Paj Ntaub is viewed worldwide, as art form perhaps unique to the Hmong. The skill necessary to create both the old, and more recent, art form, take years to master. These skills traditionally have been passed from mother to daughter, often from an early age when the child is first able to hold a needle.
This painting was inspired by, and created, to honor Hmong women and their dedication, devotion and commitment to preserving the literal and figurative, fabric of Hmong life.