Fantasy between the walls: a tiny room can be anything you want it to be

by Valentina Ieva
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From a land of Lego to a Panic room and the nightscape, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee creates fantasy worlds in the confines of her tiny studio (3x6 metre), then captures them on camera. 


All of the photography sets and her specific roles in them tell a particular story about her personal life experiences or resurrect traditional Korean fables or other cultural heritage from around the world. Her work is a deep self-reflection for the artist and a means to explore her psychological identity. She does so with infinite minutiae and extraordinary patience, in order to exclude any ulterior photographic alteration.  

"In my work, I reconstruct my feelings. The background props and objects in them reenact these scenes in a metaphorical way,” she says. “My work is about sublimating my complicated emotions into a form of art. From a personal level it helps me analyze and understand me, and often then I feel healed."


Jee Young’s amazing work will be on display at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio France until March 26, 2016.

Recipient of multiple artistic awards including the Sovereign Art Prize (2012), JeeYoung Lee is one the the most promising up-and-rising figureheads of the younger Korean artistic world.



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  • Valentina Ieva

    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)