In the spirit of Surrealist automatism, I begin by creating spontaneous marks on paper or canvas; I often just brush over, splatter, and/or spill water-based pigments on the base. Deliberations follow, as I wait to observe and refine images, with which I compose visual narratives.
The stories that result are deeply personal, yet meant to be universally relatable. Replaying well-known characters from children’s stories such as Pinocchio and the Little Mermaid, especially those dreaming impossible dreams, my lines often dramatize the turbulences and complexities within emotional landscapes, that is, a world of hopes and despairs.
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1972, Kyujin Lee moved to New York City in 1994 and received her MFA degree at the City College of City University of New York in 1997. She then completed her second masters in art education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2000. Since 2001, she has been living and working in Washington, DC. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching art to students in Grades 7 and 8 at an independent school in Washington, DC.