An art exhibit featuring the work of Middle School visual arts teacher Seexeng Lee is currently on display in the Gorecki Gallery at the College of St. Benedict. "Connecting the Broken Threads of the Hmong Paj Ntaub" includes paintings, thread work and sculpture that reflect Lee's "journey from the land of the Mekong to the Mississippi."
Born in Laos then raised in a refugee camp in northern Thailand before coming to Minneapolis, art became Lee's primary form of expression when he didn't know the language and culture of his new home. "Drawing was a way of saying things I couldn't say, the words transformed into stories and images," Lee says.
Lee's exhibit "captures his inspiration flowing from the meeting of two cultures and evolution of the Hmong Paj Ntaub (Hmong Story Cloth)." The show will run through Dec. 14. Gallery hours are 10am to 9pm, Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 9pm on Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
See Seexeng Lee's work with Blake students through SmARTIST Bears in this Life at Blake video.