|▲ Artist Sujin Lee|
Artist Sujin Lee is a lover of nature. In her earlier career, she focused on traditional landscape but gradually omitted, or blurred, the perspective of the canvas. This is well presented in her works <Venice> and <Falls>, and in particular, <Wheat Field and Me> which has unique composition that attracts eyes of appreciators: down below in the center of the canvas is a small easel and the easel watches the wheat field symbolizing the space where the artist once was.
<Whet Field and Me> delivers onto canvas the nature’s works of four seasons changing from green to gray, and the artist leaves her traces of her existence in the very place. One might imagine life’s hardships by observing the wheat waving sideways by the wind. The clouds scattered around far behind above the horizon can be interpreted that the artist embraces every detail of the nature’s works including herself.
Other works such as <Reed of Daecheong Lake> and <Pine Grove> also are good examples of her naturalism. These works have brought her an excellent artist prize from the Environment Art Organization and made her a selected artist of the Korea Chungsoo Art Exhibition and of the Korea Culture Art Exhibition.
Lee was influenced by her artist aunt when she was a child. Visiting her studio almost every day, she played with paints and drew some figures on the paper with her finger or used a pair of scissors to cut and attach. When in Daejeon Saint Mary’s Girl’s High School, she was encouraged by her art teacher to take her talent seriously.
Soon after finishing her fine art course at Chungnam National University, she found her true love, married, and flew to Oregon, US and lived there for 10 years. The landscape of Oregon inspired her greatly and it is still influencing her art emotionally and imaginatively.
“I do not normally follow my thought. I follow where my brush takes me and I like things as they are. Onto the canvas, I love to draw out fragmentary of my memory, whether hidden deep inside or comes up every now and then, and the moments I cherished most.”
With this sentiment carefully preserved in one side, she started to bring changes to her frame of work by deepening her knowledge in portrait, colors, photography and in particular the frequent use of knife from the year 2010.
Spreading and crushing the paints with a knife opened her eyes to a new world of art and she developed the method into expressing gentle petals of peony, for example, with roughness of knife on which she started her journey to create her own styles.
Lee joined the 37th Nature Exhibition held at the Hyundai Gallery Daejeon from December 6 to 12 this year with two of her works <Multinomah Falls> and <Autumn> accompanying the 2020 calendar of these works.
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