Miju Lee

Biography

Miju Lee (South Korea, 1982) explores human emotion through painting, depicting subjective experiences.
Miju Lee depicts clear objects. However, the images in her paintings seem to be viewed from a “chiaroscuro” state, rather than a clear consciousness, as if they are emerging from fantasies, daydreams, and dozing. Some dreams are so clear that we mistake them for reality, even after we are awake. Resonating with both clear and unclear meanings that cannot be described in words, these deeply emotional, fleeting scenes tend to quickly volatilize from memory. Miju Lee has shown a unique talent for faithfully translating these indescribable scenes into paintings.
“I often pick up one or two clam or conch shells when I walk on the beach. I refer to this habit of mine as “jupjup,” a slang for “picking up and collecting items” circulated initially by Korea’s MMO gaming community. Each day, we encounter countless objects and pass by millions of feelings and moments. From those, we select a few, refine or add stories to them, then store them in a place of treasures in our hearts. And such somethings, accumulated through the incessant collection, selective process, and storage, become the history of a person.
In her notes, Miju Lee wrote, “When I began to accept that I did not have to be something, I suddenly wanted to capture sights with no purpose. I felt alive with the joy of such acts.” While this type of statement from an artist can be interpreted as representing a pure act of creation, in her case it reminds more of an individual’s struggle to escape from the system. This might be because Miju Lee’s images convey a familiar feeling, but are also very different from anything else in the contemporary art system. Imagine a world where nothing that we do seems strange because nothing can define us: could we ever feel more free?

Selected Works
Miju Lee

Under the peach tree

2023

50.00 x 65.00 x 5.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Under the peach tree

Miju Lee

Table of the day

2023

130.00 x 194.00 x 3.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Table of the day

Miju Lee

Picnic Yeti

2023

55.00 x 135.00 x 38.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Picnic Yeti

Miju Lee

Camping Yeti

2023

55.00 x 135.00 x 38.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Camping Yeti

Miju Lee

Concentrated Yeti with mobil

2023

50.00 x 90.00 x 65.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Concentrated Yeti with mobil

Miju Lee

D collection

2022

112.00 x 190.00 x 5.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

D collection

Exhibitions
Selected press

Biography

Miju Lee (South Korea, 1982) explores human emotion through painting, depicting subjective experiences.
Miju Lee depicts clear objects. However, the images in her paintings seem to be viewed from a “chiaroscuro” state, rather than a clear consciousness, as if they are emerging from fantasies, daydreams, and dozing. Some dreams are so clear that we mistake them for reality, even after we are awake. Resonating with both clear and unclear meanings that cannot be described in words, these deeply emotional, fleeting scenes tend to quickly volatilize from memory. Miju Lee has shown a unique talent for faithfully translating these indescribable scenes into paintings.
“I often pick up one or two clam or conch shells when I walk on the beach. I refer to this habit of mine as “jupjup,” a slang for “picking up and collecting items” circulated initially by Korea’s MMO gaming community. Each day, we encounter countless objects and pass by millions of feelings and moments. From those, we select a few, refine or add stories to them, then store them in a place of treasures in our hearts. And such somethings, accumulated through the incessant collection, selective process, and storage, become the history of a person.
In her notes, Miju Lee wrote, “When I began to accept that I did not have to be something, I suddenly wanted to capture sights with no purpose. I felt alive with the joy of such acts.” While this type of statement from an artist can be interpreted as representing a pure act of creation, in her case it reminds more of an individual’s struggle to escape from the system. This might be because Miju Lee’s images convey a familiar feeling, but are also very different from anything else in the contemporary art system. Imagine a world where nothing that we do seems strange because nothing can define us: could we ever feel more free?

Selected Works

Miju Lee

Under the peach tree

2023

50.00 x 65.00 x 5.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Under the peach tree

Miju Lee

Table of the day

2023

130.00 x 194.00 x 3.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Table of the day

Miju Lee

Picnic Yeti

2023

55.00 x 135.00 x 38.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Picnic Yeti

Miju Lee

Camping Yeti

2023

55.00 x 135.00 x 38.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Camping Yeti

Miju Lee

Concentrated Yeti with mobil

2023

50.00 x 90.00 x 65.00 cm

Water-based paint on FRP coated with urethane

Concentrated Yeti with mobil

Miju Lee

D collection

2022

112.00 x 190.00 x 5.00 cm

Acrylic on canvas

D collection

Exhibitions

Selected press

Miju Lee

Exhibitions
Art Fairs

Miju Lee








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