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No Photoshopped: Jee Young Lee Creates Surreal Dreamscapes in Her Small Studio

Sunday 12.08.2013 , Posted by
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Jee Young Lee Stage of Mind 1

Korean artist Jee Young Lee has been weaving herself into exceedingly clever dream worlds she creates in her studio… and despite their other worldly appearance she uses absolutely no photo manipulation for the end result. In each image you can find Lee’s young figure hidden among the vibrant details of her carefully constructed, set-like pieces – perhaps a hand poking up from the center of a watery vortex of swirling fans, or her body floating in a lotus as in the picture above (inspired by the Story of Shim Cheong, a Korea folktale as well as by Shakespeare’s Ophelia).

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Lee’s small studio is hardly a hinderance for her creativity. Measuring just 360 x 410 x 240 cm (approximately 12 x 13 x 8 feet), she is able to bring to life worlds which only make sense in dreams. Her creations are hardly created in a night however; she often spends weeks and sometimes months completing each scene.

In her first European exhibition, Lee’s ongoing work called State of Mind will be displayed at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio France. The show runs February 7 to March 7, 2014.

Above: Resurrection

Treasure Hunt
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Panic Room
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Broken Heart
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I’ll Be Back
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My Chemical Romance
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Last Supper
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Birthday
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Maiden Voyage
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The Little Match Girl
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Food Chain
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Nightmare
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Nightscape
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Black Birds
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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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