Korean artist Jee Young Lee doesn’t need water colors or acrylics or canvases and easels to create art; she simply builds it in her studio. Lee, of Seoul, South Korea transforms her small 12 x 13.5 x 8 feet (360 x 410 x 240 cm) studio into complex, self-contained worlds in which she expresses some aspect of her own journey of self-discovery based on personal experience and old Korean fables.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the work presented here, which are part of her recent series Stage of Mind, is that each piece was painstakingly created without any photo manipulation at all. She builds every set detail by hand, a process that can take weeks or even months, and then lights and photographs the scene, inserting herself in each piece as a solitary figure within her own creations.
It’s amazing what one can do with a little creativity, imagination and a lot of elbow grease. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the digitally unaltered and surreal worlds of Jee Young Lee.