Unju Lee has been working with Polich Tallix since 2001. He started with us shortly after receiving his Masters degree in sculpture from Pratt Institute. Unju is what we call a “cross trainer.” He’s worked in many departments over the years including mold making, wax rework and finishing. As a sculptor in his own right, Unju began working with Polich Tallix to get the opportunity to learn from other craftsmen and artists.
The most challenging project Unju recalls during his time at Polich Tallix was Richard Prince’s Boot Leg. Unju remembers the meticulous chasing of the subtle texture to be a great challenge and learning experience.
For the past couple of months, Unju has worked primarily with his favorite artist, Tom Friedman, welding, chasing and polishing various editions of the Peeing Man and Circle Dance. Both sculptures are highly detailed Stainless Steel castings of figures that were originally constructed from various bits and pieces of aluminum foil, pans, plates and roasting dishes.