Artist Uses Tiny Studio To Create Elaborate Stunning Dreamscapes.
Artist JeeYoung Lee creates her surreal worlds in her tiny 3 meter x 6 meter studio in Seoul. She documents her dreams and emotions, and then recreates them by building thematic sets and then photographs herself in them. She was the recipient of the Sovereign Arts Prize in 2012 and she opened her first European exhibition at Opiom Gallery in Opio, France, last February.
Reaching For The Star
It is made of over 2,000 paper cups that were stacked together as bricks of a fragile castle, which represents the human need for betterment. Lee explains: “I wanted to express the process of heading toward your desire, along with the effort it takes to achieve your dream, which is represented by the star.”
The magical nocturnal landscape is made from craft wire for the grass. The artist says it was inspired by her childhood memories of her grandparents’ farm in the countryside, where at night she would see fireflies light up.”To me they looked like they were on a treasure hunt,” she explains, “and I used that as a metaphor to show that finding your ideal is as difficult as searching for a needle in a grassy field.”
“I wanted to show my personal experience of being born again by overcoming negative elements that had dragged me down, and cleansing myself emotionally.”
“I was confused, scared and at a loss, and I used optical illusion to express my emotional state”, says Lee. She calculated the proportions and drew the whole set by hand.
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