Jee Young Lee, Dreamscape Installation

Jee Young Lee struggled with the limitations that her small studio space (3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m) posed on her boundless creative imagination and subsequently challenged herself to build elaborate settings that involved trickery of the eye to perceive a larger, curious space. The works are called Stage of Mind and were exhibited in at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France in 2014.

The Little Match Girl, 2014

The Little Match Girl, 2014

The Panic Room, 2014

The Panic Room, 2014

Black Birds, 2014.

Black Birds, 2014.

These artworks were a result of Lee’s determination to share a combination of stories from her own life and Korean fables, which although is not relevant to my work, also manifests what you see in reality. The props, objects, lighting requirements and overall environment are a non-digital collection of minute detail, potential to be mistaken for digital manipulation, e.g. Photoshop, making the works personal and limitless.

Despite having dissimilar emphasis, the way in which Lee disrupts reality is very appropriate because it has potential to embody a person. The physicality and materiality of the scene excuses a viewer from exempting the environment as reality, particularly within the photographs of the work. Unfortunately I am unable to experience the physical which I believe would provide a completely different and more influential interpretation.

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