Lee is a Korean American woman, and she found it impossible to create a fluid enough self-portrait in the static pictures-and-bio formats of existing mediums.No matter what she entered, she was seen as "the fantasy Asian woman." "I'm loud, I eat a lot, and I'm bossy," Lee says.But the name retains that slight edge of implied danger at the hands of a powerful woman, and it made Greg Bishop wonder.He's one of the first 450 people to join Siren in its first two weeks."I didn't feel safe on those sites, I didn't feel like I could be myself, and I didn't believe anybody else's self-portraits either." The name Siren refers to the mythological Sirens, whose irresistible calls lured sailors to their deaths.Siren doesn't want to defeat men, it wants to empower women, Lee laughs.She's created a free mobile dating app called Siren that's out there playing with the big boys: Grindr, Tinder, Match.Checking those out, she noticed there were services just for hookups and for long-term relationships, but none explicitly for both that served straight people but didn't rely on the physical objectification of women for male enjoyment.
Susie Lee got her first smartphone a year ago, and immediately it became the latest vehicle for her favorite subject: the longing to connect, especially across the digital-physical divide.
Her sculptures and installations have paired video, audio, light, and complex technological systems with earthy elements like water, sand, wood, and fabric.
In 2011, for example, she created , a beautifully handcrafted wooden box that you could call or text and it would communicate back to you.
An architect in Seattle, Bishop was attracted to Siren by its lovely, sinuous graphics.
That was the 1.0 version of the project she's doing now.