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Contemporary Artist

YOUNGHEE, LEE
Young-Hee Lee's artistic world reveals her long and steady process of searching for the Korean identity through her renditions of traditional colors and figures. Her coloration - an amalgam of her own colors created from various natural raw materials - has vestiges of traditional colors and envokes a juxtaposition between the historic nature of colors and the Korean identity.
She provides various renditions of Obangsaek (Five Basic Colors) and Obansaek (Five Related Colors)seeking to establish her position and raise her stature in the contemporary Korean arts. Her diversified applications of these concepts provoke certain tensions between artistic localism and globalism and have been gaining traction.
The repetition and accumulation of her colors in her artistic space draw relation to that of the universe, an endless repetition of circles symbolizing the great universe. Symbolism or not though, her concise and geometric figures provide certain values that continue to build upon the Korean people's collective memories of olden times.