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Korean artist creates fantasy worlds in her studio without Photoshop

Korean artist JeeYoung Lee creates worlds of surreal beauty and mystery in her tiny 3 meter x 6 meter studio in the Mangwon-dong neighborhood of Seoul. The 30-year-old documents her dreams, memories, and emotions by building thematic sets, and photographing herself as a character in their narrative. The otherworldly images, which were recently exhibited at the <a href='http://www.opiomgallery.com/fr/artistes/oeuvresphotographe/17/jeeyoung-lee' target='_blank'>Opiom Gallery</a> in France, portray a tangible representation of the artist's imagination, and make it hard to believe that she builds the scenery herself, and doesn't use Photoshop.<!-- -->
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</br>It took Lee three months to create this magical nocturnal landscape. The grass is made of craft wire, and every single piece is connected to a mesh screen. The artist was inspired by childhood memories of holidays spent at her grandparents' farm in the countryside, where after nightfall she would see scores of fireflies lit up against the dark shrubbery: "To me they looked like they were on a treasure hunt," she explains, "and I used that as a metaphor to show that finding your ideal is as difficult as searching for a needle in a grassy field." The scene is set at night to emphasize the difficulty of the task.<!-- -->
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</br><i>Interview by </i><strong><i><a href='https://twitter.com/M_Veselinovic' target='_blank'>Milena Veselinovic </a></i></strong>

Korean artist JeeYoung Lee creates worlds of surreal beauty and mystery in her tiny 3 meter x 6 meter studio in the Mangwon-dong neighborhood of Seoul. The 30-year-old documents her dreams, memories, and emotions by building thematic sets, and photographing herself as a character in their narrative. The otherworldly images, which were recently exhibited at the Opiom Gallery in France, portray a tangible representation of the artist's imagination, and make it hard to believe that she builds the scenery herself, and doesn't use Photoshop.

Treasure hunt

It took Lee three months to create this magical nocturnal landscape. The grass is made of craft wire, and every single piece is connected to a mesh screen. The artist was inspired by childhood memories of holidays spent at her grandparents' farm in the countryside, where after nightfall she would see scores of fireflies lit up against the dark shrubbery: "To me they looked like they were on a treasure hunt," she explains, "and I used that as a metaphor to show that finding your ideal is as difficult as searching for a needle in a grassy field." The scene is set at night to emphasize the difficulty of the task.

Interview by Milena Veselinovic