JeeYoung Lee - loveSeek, 2014 (detail)

JeeYoung Lee

Surrealism

November 27, 2020

JeeYoung Lee (also known as Jee Young Lee or Jee-Young Lee), a South Korean multi-disciplinary artist. Blowing life into her immense need for expression and interrogation, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance to the photographic medium. Her inner world is turned into staged photography with the involvement of painting, sculpture, and installation, blurring the boundaries of mediums. Motivated by her quest for personal identity, in each of Lee’s works, the artist is the protagonist. Sometimes facing away from the viewer, sometimes showing only part of her body or reclining, she always quietly and mysteriously inhabits her dream-like realms. Lee’s work is known for its bold patterns and materials, dramatic colors, and intriguing narratives. All of this originates from her 3 x 6 m studio, where she spends weeks and months turning the fabric of the universe born from her mind into a tangible visual experience. To exclude any ulterior photographic alteration, Lee works with infinite minutiae and extraordinary patience. She has created installations in major institutions all around the world, and her photographs can be found in international public collections such as the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts as well as in private collections around the world.

Featured image: JeeYoung Lee - loveSeek, 2014 (detail). Pigment print. 34 3/10 × 51 1/5 in. 87 × 130 cm. Edition of 5 + 2 AP. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Echo Fine Arts