JeeYoung Lee’s Non-Photoshopped Fantasies

Stage of Mind is an ongoing photography project initiated in 2007 by emerging Seoul-based artist JeeYoung Lee. This extensive collection of photographs act as self-portraits, inspired by Korean fables, Shakespeare and her dreams and abstract memories.

“By building the space with my personal, psychological experiences in everyday life,” explains Lee, “I try to visualise my inner world of which the meanings cannot be value-judged. My work, in essence, records my concerns and process of growing up. It narrates and dramatises my life stories.”

The artist labours for months to create the surreal settings of each work. Here her talents extend to set design, sculpting and modelling. The photographs are never retouched; everything in the frame is a handcrafted object precisely arranged in the three-metre by six-metre studio.

“Recently graduated from Seoul’s Hongik University in her native South Korea,” writes Opiom Gallery, “JeeYoung Lee 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.”

Stage of Mind will be showing at Opiom Gallery, France, from 7 February to 7 March 2014.

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