Becoming Pollens is composed of the powdered flags of North and South Korea. The pile of powder has lost its original forms and meanings as national flags. It fails to be symbolized and reveals the very substance. The powdered flags posit in the new symbolic meaning of the re-unification between two Koreas.
“Objects, ideologies, and sounds are freed of their origins and move around like epidemic, contagion, and the wind to become new other things. Unbuilding is the erosion of the boundary that can allow for a new emergent whole.”
- Jaewook Lee
"In Becoming Pollens (2013), a mound of powdered fibers that were once woven into the flags of South and North Korea, effaced symbolic meaning becomes the only path toward reunification of the two countries. Lee's follow-up version of the work, shown at the Museo Juan Manuel Blanes in Montevideo, Uruguay, continued the trituration; this time, the flags repretned Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, South Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Uruguay, and the U.S., the countries of origin of the artists participating in the exhibition."
- Denise Carvalho (Sculpture Magazine, May 2017 p36)