Stephanie S. Lee
Dejected to see the Korean traditional folk art (Minhwa) becoming disconnected and distant from the modern day society, Stephanie S. Lee had a discerning desire to preserve it by reenacting it. Employing the unique symbolic, decorative, and symmetrical attributes of the Minhwa while applying the traditional methods, Lee compares and reinterprets the lost touch with the tradition while reconnecting with the modern art. -- Stephanie S. Lee

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.

Extravagant objects in Lee’s paintings, however, 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.

Traditional Wish - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper
City - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper
Wish - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper
Asset - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper
Collection - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper
Connection & Relationship  - Black ink, color pigment, gold pigment on Korean mulberry paper



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