Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Since 2007,  Lee JeeYoung shoots the invisible. Whereas traditional photography submits extracts of reality to our eyes, the artist offers excerpts from her heart, her memory, or her dreams. Restrained by the inherent limits of the conventional photographic medium, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance to it, in order to blow life into her immense needs of expression, and interrogation.

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

For weeks, sometimes months, she creates the fabric of a universe born from her mind within the confines of her 3 x 6 m studio. She does so with infinite minutiae and extraordinary patience, in order to exclude any ulterior photographic alteration.

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Thus materialised, these worlds turn real and concretise : imagination reverts to the tangible and the photo imagery of such fiction testify as to their reality.  In the midst of each of these sets stands the artist : those self-portraits however are never frontal, since it is never her visual aspect she shows, but rather her quest for an identity, her desires and her frame of mind.

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Her creations act as a catharsis which allows her to accept social repression and frustrations. The moment required to set the stage gives her time to meditate about the causes of her interior conflicts and hence exorcise them; once experienced, they in turn become portents of hope.

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one the the most promising up-and-rising figureheads of the younger Korean artistic world. Following the huge success of her first solo show outside of Korea with OPIOM Gallery in 2014, her work was seen 500 000 times on Reddit in just 2 days and has been featured in the worldwide media from the USA to China (all international editions of the Huffington Post, NBC news, CNN international, France 3 National news, China Daily, etc.).  –Opium Gallery

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Korean Artist Transforms Her Small Studio Into Beautiful Dream WorldsImage Credit: Jee Young Lee

Hopefully we see more from Jee Young Lee soon!

Credit: Jee Young Lee Photography

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