With works by Hyemin LEE @LEEEUGEAN GALLERY
LEE Hyemin’s stacked bronze pillows, enlaced canvases, and gauzed shapes are peacefully displayed inside and outside of the gallery. They are metaphors of the artist’s life event including her early marriage, child rearing, art works, and the unfortunate accident she was in great pain. Like the old saying “An endless dropping will wear the stone,” nearly fifty pieces of art works have been achieved by LEE’s constant needleworks. It was twenty years ago when she started collecting such abandoned fabric pieces as old Hanbok from her grandmother’s wedding, or her own baby blanket. The spectacle installation of thousands tiny pillows made with soft cotton or the hard sculptures made of bronze and marble in the shape of soft pillow shows her memory of life and state of mind as an iron hand inside of a velvet glove. It is a paradox of material. She also focuses on supporting materials like gauze, plaster bandage, paraffin, or nail varnish, and painting frames which cures some kinds of defects, injury or imperfection. They are recreated to art pieces with her own hand.
LEE Hyemin received BFA from Seoul National University majoring in Sculpture and received MA from New York University. Her works have been included many great local and international exhibitions and art fairs including at Art Basel HK, Art Miami, Washington Square Gallery ,YounEun Museum of Art, Gallery Royal, Gallery M and many more.