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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

Drawn from her memories and dreams, each scene is theatrically recreated within the confines of her small 159 square foot studio.

By Lucy Wang - Source: http://inhabitat.com
Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

Artist JeeYoung Lee bends reality in the stunning dreamscapes she creates inside her tiny studio—without any help from Photoshop. Drawn from her memories and dreams, each scene is theatrically recreated within the confines of her small 159 square foot studio. Dominated by bright colors and bold patterns, the photographs feature the artist somewhere in the frame, creating a dreamlike self-portrait.

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

The South Korean artist patiently worked for weeks to even months, laboring on the minutiae of her artwork to achieve each frame’s Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. The studio, which measures 11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′, morphs from ‘Nightscape,’ a serene, multicolored fan-covered landscape to ‘Panic Room,’ a swirling, dizzy scene with distorted grids and perspectives. Though each setup draws from her imagination and the fiction of various Korean fables, Lee connects her surreal landscapes to reality by hand-making her own props and forgoing digital manipulation.

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

A recent graduate from Seoul’s Hongik University, Lee is recognized as one of Korea’s rising artistic talents and has already received multiple awards including the 2012 Sovereign Art Prize. Her photographs, which have been exhibited throughout South Korea and Japan, will make their first showing in Europe in the Stage of Mind exhibit at the Opiom Gallery in Opio, France next year.

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

Photo  © Jee Young Lee

Photo © Jee Young Lee

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