I take images in abstract form from life forms. It is the articulation of a new body. I draw and magnify them in a much bigger scale in order to maximize the fullness of life. I also play with the idea that life forms grow in unexpected ways. The life forms that I make are rather imaginary, as if I am creating a new creature and discovering an undiscovered area. For this reason, nature has been the source of my inspiration. Each living thing must come from another thing of the same kind. Nature repeats itself with slight variation each time. My work is an act of (see)ding. I make countless tiny dots and lines in repetition. Every piece starts with one dot. It sprouts and becomes various kinds of line and form. And it gives birth to another dot, which is full of energy — becoming, growing, moving, mutating and multiplying.
My work is a complex story that twists and changes perspectives and grows and shrinks and surprises in every new section. The images are at once microscopic and cosmically huge. It both expands and contracts. The two contradictory qualities; blow-by-blow illustration and gigantic scale, create radical shifts in scale. And the detailed elements undulate under observation. As for the cut paper installations, I like to use paper because I like its vulnerable and ephemeral quality that emphasizes my installation's emotional character. I cut out the white paper leaving only the drawn lines and install the cut-outs on the wall, from the ceiling and on the floor all at once. I use the fragility of paper paradoxically to signify the eternal cycle of nature.My elaborate paper composite creates a dreamlike spatial environment, and complicatedly delineated cut-outs render forest-like cluster and conveys the rhythmic vitality of nature.
Artist Bio / CV
Jin Lee received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a B.F.A. from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Recent solo exhibitions include: White Landscape: Drawings by Jin Lee, Queens College Art Center, New York, NY (2008); Stages of life, A Taste of Art Gallery, New York, NY (2002); Jin Lee, Stueben West Gallery, New York, NY (2001); and Growing Series, Gallery Hyundai—Window Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2000). Selected group exhibitions include: Reprised Reality, Gallery Korea, New York, NY (2007); The Affordable Art Fair New York City, A Taste of Art Gallery, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY (2006); 8 Korean Emerging Artists, FGS Gallery, Englewook, NJ (2005); Repeating Spaces, The Montclair University Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ (2005); No End but Addition, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA (2005); Luminous Recurrence, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Log Branch, NJ (2004); and Drawing Conclusions, Islip Museum of Art, Islip, NY. Jin Lee has had residences at Chashama, New York, NY (2006), the Vermont Studio Center (2005).