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Veronica Lee-Baik

County: King County




Grants for Artist Projects 2015
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James W. Ray Venture Project Awards 2017
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Veronica Lee-Baik is a visual artist whose medium of choice is the body using it as a tool for dialogue with herself and the world. Her approach to movement activates the senses to become fully alive and involved. She founded The Three Yells to explore and translate social, political, and cultural issues through multidisciplinary performance. The Three Yells is a continual process of discovering her artistic voice as a choreographer and teacher.

In 2006, Veronica took a hiatus to bask in motherhood. Fueled with renewed vigor and knowledge, she returned to creating works that embodies her distinct choreographic voice, reflecting Western avant-garde styles through the prism of Asian aesthetics to engage audiences with bold, innovative performances. Lee-Baik has never been one to hew to traditions. Her idiosyncratic approach has been described as “a clear eye for an unusual landscape—her stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.”

Veronica’s James W. Ray Venture Project is “A Crack in the Noise,” a collaborative artwork strengthened by artists from different backgrounds that shows what can be accomplished when differences unite rather than divide. The performance will blend elements of ballet, modern dance, and a wide range of Asian traditions to express the hope, survival, and desperation of such a journey. “As an immigrant artist, I hope this multi-media project will help raise awareness about the very real and pressing issues facing immigrants. In our country, immigrants have always been under attack, but today even our highest ranking officials give power to what used to be fringe voices,” said Veronica. “I believe a work’s innovation and positive force is driven by its inclusion and experimentation with other art forms. I will continue this project through a collaborative platform combining dance, media, music, written text, and origami.”

In 2015, Veronica received GAP Award funding to help produce “Her Name Is Isaac,” an artistic collaboration which challenges viewers to re-think the emotional and physical response to viewing the female form.

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