A Small Studio Turns Into Surreal Dreamscapes
Young Korean artist Jee Young Lee presented her beautiful, surrealistic self-portraits in the series called “Daze: Stage of Mind”. She created an elaborate installation in her small studio (3x6m) , in Seoul.
The scenes were built from everyday materials—plywood, paper cups, straws, all of which might normally be ripe for the use of Photoshop that could save weeks but in Lee’s case every set decorated by herself and lasted months. These surreal and dreamlike landscapes are the reflection of her personal experiences and traditional Korean fables. Her work is a self-reflection and means to explore her psychological identity.
In the photograph “Resurrection,” Lee used the fable of Shimcheongin as a reference, a girl who throws herself into the sea and comes back to life inside a blooming lotus flower. “I wanted to portray rebirth in my photo, which is why I appear inside a lotus,” Lee said. “It shows how one can achieve new birth by overcoming negativity. I wanted to empower my spirit and rise above my emotions through this piece.”
Take a look at Jee Young Lee‘s photos and embrace her dramatic, psychedelic and visually intense world.