Jeesoo Lee

Member: 2019-2021

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Larva, mixed media collage on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2011-2018.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Untitled, mixed media on paper, 12 x 8 inches, 2017.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Untitled, mixed media on paper, 53 x 46 inches, 2015-2019.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Untitled, mixed media on paper, 12 x 17 inches, 2018-2019.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    A form of learning, mixed media on glazed clay, 13 x 16 x 4 inches, 2018-2019.

    A form of learning
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    Untitled, mixed media on paper, 9 x 8.5 inches, 2012.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Untitled, mixed media on paper, 6.5 x 8.5 inches, 2012.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Debris, mixed media installation, 96 x 240 x 24 inches, 2009.

  • Jeesoo Lee

    Character of rain, mixed media installation, 180 x 420 x 36 inches, 2009.

    Character of rain

Artist Statement

Red on the street
I am walking on the road in hot summer.
On it in the distance, there is a very bright and glistening red flower.
The closer I approach, the more my curiosity is met with awe.
I am fascinated by the red. It draws me in. Suddenly I realize and stop walking.
It is the fresh red from a struck animal. I stand there with my gaze fixed only
on the exquisite red, fearing to glimpse at the source.
I hide myself in the beautiful illusion, refusing to acknowledge reality.

The smell of trash
I walked by that building every day for many years. A trash management building,
on the route between my art studio and my bed.
One day, the main door was open. I soon stumbled into a wall of smell with which
nothing could compete. It was overpowering, I felt my nose turn into a rotten
tomato. And yet I captured a moment where the massive smell created another
world. I could see the very complexity of all of the possible forms of life
intertwined in that smell. The sum total of the pain, brutality, violence, fear,
joy, happiness, laughter represented in that smell.

I am reading a National Geographic issue. I cannot take my eyes off of a page
describing three lions surrounding a buffalo. The lions have triangulated,
slinking seemingly languidly around their mark inside.
The buffalo, his eyes vivid red and veins pulsing around his neck, displays
every single muscle in a tense and complicated geography all around his body.
The triangle shrinks. The buffalo dares not breathe but smells his own fresh
blood. For one side, it is almost a pleasurable and fun game, a simple matter of
time. For the mark, it is a knowingly hopeless struggle to survive. Death
knowingly awaits to open the door.

Artist Bio

Jeesoo Lee bases her work on psychological states of being and redefines them through the physicality of her material. The deconstruction/construction of her imagery investigates the search for enlightenment and reason. Her use of contrasting various mediums continues this investigation while exploring the tensions of abstract painting with her current contemporary practices.

Ms. Lee received a BFA from Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, South Korea and a MFA from State University of New York, New Paltz, NY. Solo exhibitions include Oregon State University Gallery, OR, C3 Gallery, New York, NY and Purchase College, NY in addition to two-person shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia and Amy Simon Fine Art, CT. Her work was been written about in The Chronogram and The New York Times. Selected exhibitions include: Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, NY; Dieu Donne, New York, NY; Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY, the Museum of the National Library of Spain, Madrid, Spain. She is an awardee of the prestigious Thayer Fellowship/Patricia Kerr Ross Award and a nominee for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. She is a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy 2012 as well as a nominee for the 5 x 5 Castello 2013, Espai d'art contemporani de Castello, Spain.

Work available on Artsy


풍경 Pung-Gyeong Moving Scenery, June 2-27, 2021
Pangaea and Panthalassa, group show on Artsy, September 30-October 31, 2020
Divergency, group show on Artsy, July 31-August 31. 2020

Press + Media

Whitcomb, Robert. "Mapping emotions." New England Diary, June 1, 2021.
Whitcomb, Robert. "Ever-evolving landscapes." New England Diary, April 9, 2021.
풍경 Pung-Gyeong Moving Scenery, Press Release, April 6, 2021.


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