Stephanie S. Lee

김소연

My humble wish is for you to seize a tiny sparkly moment out of endlessly chaotic everyday life routines
to be greatful for and for that moment of gratitude to be accompanied with my paintings.

여느 날과 다름없는 매일의 바쁜 일상속, 비록 그것이 찰나의 순간일지라도 그 안에서 반짝이고 있는
작은 감사함을 그대가 발견할 수 있다면, 그리고 그것이 나의 그림과 함께라면 더 바랄것이 없겠습니다.

Statement

Stephanie S. Lee took symbolic, symmetrical, and decorative characteristics of Korean folk art and employed traditional mediums such as Korean mulberry paper, color powder, black ink, and gold powder to paint natural and modern objects. Toiling over time-consuming traditional art techniques to seek philosophical meanings and objectives of her daily lives has been a joyful journey for Lee. Lee hopes that her viewers can search for the precious moments from their daily lives and heal themselves from the fractures and despairs that they might have had to endure by empathizing with Lee’s work.

Innumerable appearances of circles in Lee’s paintings show the artist’s belief that the circle is the most complete and perfect form which encompasses harmony and reincarnation. The natural phenomena where a rigid cliff breaks down and becomes a round particle of sand, and the fact that all living subjects derive from one round cell all adds onto Lee’s confirmation of the circle’s completeness.

Symmetrical structure setting of two artworks as a set in Lee’s work was done purposefully to represent co-existence of ‘one’ and the identical ‘other one’ which might exist at the same time in a parallel universe, and to show the contrast of “the old” and “the new.”

In use of colors in the circles, white is used to denote hope from self-sacrifice while blue denotes artist’s ideal dream.

Lee’s symbolic depiction of personal everyday life expands to metaphysical and philosophical arena inspired by modern physics such as quantum mechanics and parallel theory. Deeply impressed by the idea that what we see around us might just be a visual illusion and that human cognition is limited, Lee believes that the relationship between providence and reincarnation, transiency and eternity are all interconnected. Lee believes that the reason we can coexist in order and harmony is because a transcendental being is watching over us with a warm regard.

In her “Emerging Scape” series, Lee compares and reinterprets the lost touch with the tradition while reconnecting with the modern art. Furthermore, Lee takes this opportunity to investigate and reflect on the never ending and everlasting aspirations and desires of human beings and attempted to show the contrast of “the old” and “the new” by juxtaposing them. While the objects of desire may have metamorphosed with passage of time, the undying desires of human beings - wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and accumulation of fame- never withered, and are everlasting. However, extravagant objects in Lee's paintings are not employed to reveal the negative aspects of materialism. Rather, it is an interpretation of how these materialistic yearning of human kind can be a positive element in modern society if they are employed to urge people to do their earnest best to obtain the “it.” Using similar outlay and composition of the traditional folk art of the past times, Lee suggests that the ideal life that we all yearn for is not unattainable and can easily be found in one’s own mundane daily life. Once we, the people of the modern society, start to discover and attain our wishes in small things within our surroundings, perhaps we may be less occupied and more contended and appreciative of our current state.

Lee further believes that human beings need to regard our every day’s little actions with warmth and be grateful for even the most basic and smallest moments in our lives while witnessing each other’s lives and exchanging positive energy as purpose of our living.

These sophisticated ideas have been interwoven into Lee’s work profoundly. Seeking happiness in artist’s ordinary everyday life ultimately became a journey to find the objective of ‘living’ for Lee. This realization and exploration will be the perpetuating theme for her work.

작품의도

Stephanie S. Lee (김소연) 작가는 한국전통민화의 상징성, 대칭성, 장식성을 응용하여 한지, 분채, 금분, 먹 등의
전통재료를 이용해 현대와 과거를 넘나드는 작업을 한다.

친근한, 그러나 가볍지 않은 상징적 묘사로 시작한 작가 개인의 작은 일상의 순간으로의 탐구는 최근에 평행우주, 양자역학
등의 이론들과 결부되어 철학적이고 형이상학적 개념으로 확장되며 작품에 많은 영감을 주고있다.

작품마다 자주 쓰이는 원형은 작가가 생각하는 가장 완벽한 형태로 바위가 부서져 결국 동그란 모래 알갱이가 되는것, 그리고
모든 생명체가 원형 세포에서 시작한다는 점, 양자학의 최소단위가 원형이라는 점 등에서 시작과 끝, 윤회와 화합등 많은
철학적 의미를 내포한다. 동일한 형태의 작품 두개를 나란히 두는 대칭구조의 작품배열은 ‘나’ 와 우주속 수많은
‘닮은꼴의 나’, 과거와 현재, 음과 양, 전통과 현대 등을 상징적으로 표현한다.

Emerging Scape 시리즈에서 작가는 한국의 전통민화를 현대의 모습과 비교, 재해석 함으로서 전통과의 연결상실을 회복해 보고자 함과 동시에
시대를 초월한 인류의 공통된 염원 그 너머의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.
작품속의 현대물들은 인간의 욕망을 현상적으로 보여주고있지만, 보이지 않는 정신세계를 이해하는 통로가 되는 매개체로서의 역할을 상징하고있다.
과거와 현재, 전통과 트렌드, 한국에서의 정서를 기반으로 뉴욕에서 살아가는 작가의 삶 등 모습은 다르지만 그 속에 흐르는 근원적 공통점을 통해 순환, 윤회, 조화, 공존 등의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.

Tribute to sand 시리즈에서는 모래알갱이와 파도패턴을 상징적으로 이용하여 반복되어 밀려오는 일상에
부서진 꿈이 작은 행복의 순간으로 빛남을 나타내고 있다. 올려다 보던 큰 바위산이 파도에 부서져 작고
동그란 모래 알갱이로 발 아래 놓이지만 제각기 아름다운 색을 내며 반짝이고, 모이면 그 무게가 결코 가볍지 않듯이,
거창한 업적과 꿈을 이뤄내지 못한 일상속에도 주의깊게 찾으면 행복의 순간이 있고, 그 순간들이 모이면 곧
삶이 된다는 깨달음을 표현하고자 했다.

일상의 작은 움직임 하나가 우주에 끼치는 파장, 순간이 곧 영원이며 우주어딘가에는 수많은 ‘나’가
동시에 존재한다는 평행우주 이론, 우리가 우주 안에서 질서를 유지하며 공존할 수 있는것은 누군가 초월적인 존재가
따스한 시선으로 우리를 늘 지켜봐 주고 있기 때문에 가능하다는 양자역학적 이론들은 일상의 순간을 탐구하던
작가에게 아주 흥미로운 주제로 다가왔다. 그렇게 이어진 철학적 탐구는 작가에게 평행우주속 수많은 나의 존재와
그들의 관계, 질서와 화합에 대해 생각하게 했고 우리가 일상의 작은 것들에 대하여 관심을 갖고 감사해야 하며, 결국
우리의 존재 이유는 서로의 삶을 관심있게 지켜봐 주고 서로에게 긍정적 영향을 주기위해서라는 것을 깨닫게 했다.
작가의 지극히 개인적인 탐구가 삶의 윤회와 연속성, 순간과 영원, 현실은 시각적 착각이며 인간의 의식에는 한계가
있다는 점 등 광범위한 철학적 탐구로 이어졌으며 이러한 깨달음과 탐구는 앞으로의 작품에 영원한 숙제가 될것이다.

CV

b.1977 Pusan, South Korea.
Lives and works in New York.

Education

2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, NY
2011 Korean Traditional Folk Art Painting, Pusan National University, South Korea

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Solo exhibition, "Echoing Roar", Art Mora Gallery, Chelsea, NY (forthcoming)
2016 Solo exhibition, "Back to Circle", Piermont Public Library, Piermont, NY
2016 Solo exhibition, "Books vs. Pocketbooks", Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ
2016 Solo exhibition, "Roar", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY
2016 Artist of the month exhibition, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
2015 Solo exhibition, "Wish", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

Selected Art Fairs

2016 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015 Scope Art Show, New York, NY
2015 Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavillon, New York, NY
2014 Spectrum Miami Art Show, Miami, FL
2014 Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
2014 Shenzhen Internaional Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, China
2014 Fountain Art Fair - 69th Regiment Armory

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 "The Power and Pleasure of Posessions in Korean Painted Screens", Skylight Gallery, Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, NY (forthcoming)
2016 “The Primacy of Color”, George Billis Gallery, Chelsea, NY (forthcoming)
2016 Four person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)
Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu Expo Convention Center, South Korea (forthcoming)
Suwon City Hwasung Project, Complex Art Space Haenggungjae Gallery, South Korea (forthcoming)
2016 Group exhibition, "Aspects: Works by Korean Artists in America", University Gallery, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts at Western Kentucky University, KY
2016 Three person exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ

2015 Group exhibition, "Yeon Mal Yeon Si (연말연시전)", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Call for Chelsea exhibition, "(Re) envisioning art’s aura in the age of turbocapitalism", Galleria Ca’ D’oro, Chelsea, NY
2015 Group exhibition, "Solstice", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Pieromnt, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "KACAL16", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "Who am I? What do you see?", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Common Interests", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Heart - Center of Life", Weil Cornell Medical College Samuel J. Wood Library, New York, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Replenished", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "The 8th Youth Art Award & Invitational Art Exhibition", John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Size Matters - Small but Significant Works", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2015 Six Person Exhibition, "re-illumination", SIA NY gallery, Chelsea, NY

2014 Group Exhibition, "20 Artists", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, "Passion 15", Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2014 Group Exhibition, "Community Art Project", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Three Person Exhibition, “Emerging Scape”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition,"Public Collection (新院展)", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Five Person Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “꿈과 행복으로 소통하는 아름다운 우리 그림”, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Gyeonggi, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “The 36th H.M.A. International Art Festival”, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “2014 우수작가 신춘기획 초대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Traditional Group Show”, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

2013 Group Exhibition, “Winter Salon Show”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Happy Together”, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Community Art Project”, Yegam Art Space, Flushing, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “대한민국 부채예술대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2013 Group Exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “Arirang”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “행복한 우리 민화전”, Pusan Citizen Hall, Pusan, South Korea

Curatorial Projects

2017 Group Exhibition, "Dynamic Dimension", The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ (forthcoming)
2017 Shirley Z. Piniat’s Solo Exhibition, “Life in Arts”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2016 Four person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY (forthcoming)
2016 Three person exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ
2015 Four person Exhibition, “Common Interests”, Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Four Person Exhibition, “Replenished”, Huchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Master Jaichoon Kim's Invitational Solo Exhibition, “The Royal Blossom”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Three person Exhibition, “Emerging Scapes”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Group exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, NJ
2012 Sueim Koo’s Solo Exhibition, “My Diary in Landscapes”, Riverside Gallery, NJ

Design & Installation Projects

2016 Group Exhibition, “Lucky in Love”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (www.ny1.com)
2015 Group Exhibition, “Who am I? What do you see?”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Exhibition, “Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Two Person Exhibition, “Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

Awards

2015 Special Prize, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2015 Winner, Call for Chelsea 2015, NY
2014 Artist Award for Exceptional Artwork, The 46th Public Collection (新院展), Japan
2014 Special Honor Prize, Hyung Sang Fine Art Grand Conetst, South Korea
2014 New Artist Prize, The 36th International H.M.A. Art Festival, South Korea
2013 Three Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2012 Special Prize, Contemporary Women Fine Art Association, South Korea
2012 Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2001 Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, NY
2001 Circle Award for Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, NY

Press

Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
The Clarion Circle (www.clarion.pressly.com)
Artist Spotlight at Examiner.com (www.examiner.com)
The Korean Channel '문화가 있는 날'(www.tkctv.com)
TKC TV News (8/17/2015 News 10:35)
AM 1660 Radio interview '김향일의 모닝 인터뷰' (www.am1660.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 3/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 1/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
The Korea Times 3/9/2016(www.koreatimes.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Wish' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Emerging Scape' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Common Interests' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
The Korea Times - The Drawing Room (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - Culture (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - 한국일보 '연말연시전' (www.koreatimes.com)

Affliations

New York Society of Women Artists (www.newyorksocietyofwomenartists.com)
Edward Hopper House Art Center (www.edwardhopperhouse.org)
Teaching Artist & Visual Arts Member at the Flushing Town Hall (www.flushingtownhall.org)
Teaching Artist at the Manhattan Korean School (www.manhattankoreanschool.org)
The Drawing Room (www.thedrawingroomnewyork.org)
Korean Folk Art Organization (www.koreanfolkart.org)
Korean Art Society (www.koreanartsociety.org)
Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd. (한미현대예술협회)
Heart and Mind Association, H.M.A. Korea (한국 심미회)