Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Opiom Gallery

In an era where even children just entering high school knows the power of photoshop and has basic knowledge about how to work and recreate images on the computer; it seems like nothing is impossible to be visually composed to fulfil our sensual hunger anymore. Jee Young Lee completes her wants and desires of creating a world that might not yet be tangible to the public, but she doesn’t surrender her expressions to clicks nor drags by the mouse or the keyboard. She retreats to the traditional way of making true the surrealistic worlds she sees by mortal-izing her ideas tangibly, through recreating scenes in her  360 x 410 x 240 cm studio space.

Dreamscapes that takes inspiration from her personal life or from Korean heritage fables are recreated with no digital touch up what so ever, leaving the audiences gasping with appreciation for the amount of details she has created in her compact space in Seoul. Winning  the award for the most elaborate self-portraits created without any digital manipulation, her works are only recorded by photographs and the sets are taken down very soon in order for the next project to progress, making her works even more valuable than they already are.

As the photographer, the model and the designer, her compositions varies each time but all delivers a feeling of a rush from the unbelievable amount of objects captured within a single wide shot frame. She works with optical illusions and presents mind boggling teases with objects floating in mid air, delivering a sense of motion when nothing else except for her is alive in the photographic record. Colors used are vibrant and almost unreal with the contrasts such as creamy yellows and the blacks, pastel pinks with whites, turquoises with itself and blues paired with greys. Each image welcome audiences with so much to focus upon; whether it be the subject matter, the feeling, the connotations or just the rare aesthetic it presents. Spooky with an Alice in Wonderland like elegance; the mesmerizing images will be on show from the 7th of February 2014 to the 7th of March 2014 at Opiom Gallery, France.

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee

Surreal Realities by Jee Young Lee