Time-Based Works

Artworks that merge physical, traditional sculpture with new media elements as metaphorical references of body and mind, what we hold onto and what we let go


Time Based Works

Embracing ephemerality and unpredictability |Merging physical objects and light | Asking what we hold onto and what we let go.


A shift from static clay objects to new media explores the shape and qualities of memory and time. 


Piano Concerto Houston (2014)
An audio/video installation, for its inaugural CounterCurrent Festival. 

Seattle-based composer Byron Au Yong and visual artist Susie J. Lee inverts private and public space to highlight the intimate moments of musicians. 11 local pianists, from a former Exxon executive to an immigration lawyer, have come together in a process that deepens the connections between soloist and ensemble. 

Audio and video recordings captured each musician playing an original composition by Au Yong that incorporates every part of the piano, from the pedals and the strings to the tuning pins and keyboard to expand what it means to play the piano. Lee created video portraits of each musician to reveal an internal focus of rehearsing and a sculptural form that evokes the curve of a grand piano. The final “performance, is a reflection of the city through its pianists in an installation of solo video portraits and an ensemble media sculpture.

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Fracking Fields (2013)

A return to the Plains after twenty years revealed a place transformed by prolonged recession and the hope of fracking. Video portraits and sculptures explore the stories and identities of the individuals in search of the American Dream.


Swimming the List (2011)

Lead artist in live performance with digital technology, dance, music

A live, multi-disciplinary and new media performance integrates dance, music and real-time digital drawings. The work interweaves creativity in a routine day with two lists generated: One, when we buy, drive, cook, pay, work, and pick up. The other, when we observe, extract, mutate, expand, deviate, and linger.


Still Lives (2010)
Video Portraits
60 x 45 x 3 in

One of thirteen elegiac video portraits inspired by Goya's Black paintings and commissioned by the Washington Care Center, a long term care facility. 

This is an unfolding of real time. Half an hour of film was half an hour in each person’s life. The accretion of quiet gestures reveals a reality beyond the single snapshot. Physical integrity begins to wear down, focus fades in and out, and there is the struggle to maintain.


Shadowplaying (2009)
5 channel projection, 8 channel sound, motion sensor, custom programming, found objects
Site-specific installation at Marylhurst University, Portland OR

Capturing the play and elusiveness of childhood, glimpses of shadows emerge then disappear. Behind the walls and objects are the voices of two girls playing and discussing ambitious and promising futures to each other. 


For these Unclosings (2009)

Live performance with projectors, IR cameras, custom programmed PC, and mixed media

This performance brings together voice, piano, and live digital drawings precisely choreographed with a dancer. The projections suffuse light upon the skin, embody a character, and reflect an internal state of the dancer. 

SHOWERS (2008)
Rice, monofilament.  

Grains of rice cling to lines of monofilament, filling a space with shadows, light, and line. The installation allows for one to walk through a suspended moment in rain shower.


Single channel video on hand-carved wood, 14 x 62 x 7 in

Consummation (2006)
Projected on curved wood the length of the artist’s body, the shadow of two strings burns. A deconstructed Bach prelude accompanies the shadows as the strings turn to ash.