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American Craft Magazine puts spotlight on UW-Madison's Lee

December 07, 2017
UW-Madison's Helen Lee was featured in an article from the  October/November 2017 issue of American Craft ​Magazine. 

Lee is a faculty member with the UW-Madison School of Education's Art Department.

Helen Lee
Lee majored in architecture at MIT, but spent her free time in the school's glass lab. In 2006, she earned an MFA in glass at Rhode Island School of Design, then moved to the Bay Area to work as a graphic designer and teach glass. Now, she heads the Art Department's glass program.

In the article, Lee described how her childhood, speaking in both Chinese and English to translate for her grandmother, introduced her to a "third space," a zone between the very different languages and cultures, where connections could be made.

Today, Lee's art is all about language: "the emotional power of words, things said and unsaid, and 'the weird routes that information takes through translation,'" reports the article. Lee works primarily in glass.

Read the full article online: "Sign Language."

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