JeeYoung Lee, a media artist based in Korea, shoots the “invisible” offering excerpts from her heart, her memory, and her dreams. Restrained by the inherent limits of the conventional photographic medium, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance to it to blow life into her immense needs of expression and interrogation.
JeeYoung Lee creates a universe born from her mind within the confines of her 9 x 20 ft studio for weeks, sometimes months. She spends extensive time and effort to exclude any ulterior photographic alteration. In each set, Lee includes her self-portrait. However, her self-portraits are never frontal because she is not showing her visual aspect but her desires and her frame of mind. Her creations act as a catharsis, which allows her to accept social repression and frustrations. The set stage gives her time to meditate about the causes of her interior conflicts and hence exercise them; once experienced, they in turn become portents of hope.
Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one of the most promising up-and-rising figureheads of the younger Korean artistic world. Following the 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.).