Lee Jin Ju (South Korea)
Born in Busan, Lee Jin Ju graduated from the Hongik University Department of Oriental Painting and completed a master’s course at its graduate school. Lee depicts dreamy psychological scenes triggered by emotion and memory of pain, sorrow, and negativity.
Lee Jin Ju’s work begins from questions thrown repeatedly in life. The negative events and emotions of the past, which were not even wanted, endlessly appear and disappear within the everyday life:
What becomes the device which arouses memories from within the uncomfortable ‘ventilation’ one does not wish to face? What are the common structures of memories? In what way do memories, which survived without having been forgotten, manufacture? Why do people with Alzheimer not only lose memories of the past but cannot live the present and cannot imagine the future? Where are the boundaries between memories, dreams and conscience? What are the afterimages of images, made by my perception from cognitive force of memory surpassing time and space, like? What becomes visible during the process of inner quest starting from these questions are recorded as my work. From the superfluousness cut from a well-made frame, following their softly soundless stories, cuddling the insignificant and petty motifs of the everyday, I discover the unconscious sensuous layer that is hidden inside. At that moment, I become a melancholic adventurer and the everyday is reborn into things of the extraordinary.
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