Fluid art is the process of pouring paints onto a canvas to create unique pieces of artwork. Thanks to its relatively easy application, the art can be enjoyed by ordinary people who once might have dreamed of becoming an artist. Also known as marble fluid art, the genre uses flow of colors to make beautiful marblings. "Fluid art is like a channel to painting and it makes us feel that we can be an artist also" says Hey!Lee Art Craft Studio artist Lee Ji-yeon.
Lee also is the vice president of the Korea Art Craft Association and the educational director of the Paju Life Culture Cooperative. She established Hey!Lee Art Craft Studio in Heyri Art Village in Paju and it is known to be the first marble fluid art brand in South Korea. It was only one or two years ago that fluid art started to spread fast through social media in South Korea. Because it uses paints, such as resin, acrylic and alcohol, which paints the artist uses bring different results.
"People tried this and that with fluid paints and took a picture or more and upload them on their social media. It is truly marvelous to see that the paints spread, mixed and shaped while drooling down. There cannot the twin fluid art works but one of a kind in the world as each movement takes different course and this can be one of the charms of doing fluid art."
Prior to fluid art, Lee worked as a beading artist for 10 years. The field then was still unfamilar to many people in South Korea but she engaged in lectures and contents creation with passion. "Though beautiful, the beading art required physical strength as I suffered much from pain in the neck and the waist. I was at the tip of whether I should close the workshop when fluid art came into my eye. Since it was also new to many, I had to search by myself to learn the skill and to secure materials but it made me excited and energetic."
As her name became more and more known to people, she was contacted by two companies: Pure Crystal Resin and Ocean D for design collaboration. This was the beginning of launching the Korea Art Craft Association. The demonstration held at the KINTEX this year not only attracted anticipated interest from women visitors but also from men as well as carpenters, wood carvers, painters and calligraphers. Inquiries for lectures flooded in and Lee registered the first private certificate in the field and is now one of the much sought-after fluid art lecturers.
"It is advisable that you need to study about the genre and materials it uses. The deeper you know the better result you can expect. This is the reason I'm still working on gathering data and carrying out tests. The field of application of fluid art is many and variety and you can make any collaboration with your partners while you can also build friendship alongside." Lee has participated in numerous exhibitions including Seoul International Handmade Fair, Architecture Fair, Kyunghyang Housing Fair, Korea Today's Artist Spirit Exhibition, and Marble Fluid Art Members Exhibition.
"As a fluid artist, I gain by flowing and drooling" says Lee.
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