In a world of predominantly digital art and computerized images, though impressive, it can be refreshing to see works that are handmade and painstakingly positioned, painted and perfected.
Artist JeeYoung Lee has recently been showcasing an interesting collection of photographs made at her studio in Seoul, South Korea. Titled Stage of Mind, the series is completely free of the aid of Photoshop or any digital alterations.
Lee hand designs all of the backdrops, and each detail is an impressive feat. The scenery is a mix of intricately placed objects, rich in color and dimension.
Each setting involves endless hours that turn into many weeks of work to ensure every element is perfect. Once up to the artist’s expectations, she positions herself on the stage for an original photo shoot.
Sometimes the artist will incorporate other layers into the displays, such as creeping fog or dry ice for a misty effect. The results are completely impressive and strangely whimsical.
The thought provoking photographs are representative of the artist’s personal accounts, and each portrays stories from experiences or reflective periods in her life.
Cultural traditions and classic tales from her childhood are also featured in the depictions.
Lee stated that her works are a way of connecting with her psychological identity and looking deeper into internal aspects of life. The artist is certainly onto something, as art and self-expression are significant resources for neurological stimulation and self-discovery.
Her works are unorthodox and provocative, though they are still relatable.
Showing how it feels to be sad, alone, playful, grateful and a range of other emotions, her series of self-portraits have a reach that extends to all of us.
All images are the property of JeeYoung Lee and courtesy of Opiom Gallery.
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