Family Budget Plan by Youbi Lee (UB)


“Like many others, I like to plan with timelines and budgets, as this helps make life more predictable and thus comfortable.

However, being an artist, a migrant and a mother, there were many moments that I couldn’t control, or shouldn’t, try to control. Reality is way more complex than what we can imagine, people have uncontrollable characteristics and the future has been always uncertain. And this can be stressful, but also provide opportunities for new and unexpected transformations.

Playing with these themes, in webtoon (digital comic) format, the story involves a mother in Melbourne and her experience of homeschooling during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Having long been a visual artist, in recent years, I have moved more towards coordinating live art projects. Despite this move, drawing comics has remained a passion of mine since childhood.

With the pandemic and the shutdown much of the arts industry, most of my planned future art projects were cancelled. Taking this as an opportunity, I have decided to pursue my oldest dream to become a comic artist. The Shelter project provided a great start point toward this journey. ”

Family Budget Plan by Youbi Lee (UB)
About Youbi Lee (UB)

Youbi is a visual artist and community arts coordinator. She works in many different forms of visual art; such as comic, mural painting, printmaking and digital media.

Since moving to Australia, she has been initiating and facilitating visual arts projects and collaborative community arts.

This includes ‘Asylum-Silk-Roads’, a 1 year community art project with 100 asylum seekers to collaborate on stories and visual images, funded by Australia Council and Creative Victoria; ‘Asian Grocery’, a live art installation mimicking Asian grocery spaces to create a dialogue about Asian identity, presented at Coburg Carnival  and was nominated as a ‘Best Live Art’ award at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival; ‘Dr.Lee’s-Charm-House’, a participatory installation artwork inspired by contemporary shamanism, supported by Rainbow Serpents Festival; ‘Obang’, an interactive live art project for babies and parents, through ArtPlay New Ideas Lab and AsiaTopa in the City of Melbourne.

Presently she is creating a number of digital comic series for Arena Online and MAV.

Working as a visual artist, multimedia artist and project coordinator, Youbi continues to refine an arts practice that engages and draws commonality between people and places.
Instagram: @ubtopia

Family Budget Plan by Youbi Lee (UB) is created for Shelter 2020.

Image credit: All artwork by Youbi Lee (UB)