Eunsae Lee (b. Korea) is a painter who creates both abstract and figurative painting. Her works adjust the gap between reality and sentimental expression no matter what technique she employs. During her artistic process, the artist asks herself a question about the power she has to depict. She then devotes her hands to properly express her attitudes rather than focus on the formality of painting. Her subject matter is one that discusses social issues and feminism, particularly objectification in public images. Her work is introspective and harks back to the personal ideas and thoughts of the artist.
Eunsae Lee’s participation in the Sewol Ferry protest in Korea was the motivation behind her more recent works. Lee discovered herself photographing and collecting images from the accident, eventually asking herself, “Is it right to deal with the reality happening right in front of my eyes in this way?”. That question led to thinking about how the artist creates her work, as well as how the media produces and consumes images. Images can appear to everyone without meeting any qualification or training. They occupy a larger and deeper world than language, proving that images are not merely aesthetic but can also be sociopolitical.
Eunsae Lee was born in Korea in 1987. In 2010, she received her BFA in PAinting from Hongik University. Four years later, she graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from the Korea National University of Arts. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions around Seoul since 2015 at GALLERY 2, Seoul Art Space Seogyo and Gallery Chosun. She has participated in group exhibitions since 2011 around East Asia, including galleries such as Kunshan Art Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan), Gallery KAZE (Osaka, Japan), Gallery NAKAI (Kyoto, Japan), Hanwon Museum (Seoul), and the Sejong Cultural Center (Seoul), amongst many others.