#TBT – NYC ARTIST PORTFOLIO PART THREE – JENNIE JIEUN LEE

#TBT – NYC ARTIST PORTFOLIO PART THREE – JENNIE JIEUN LEE.

Re-discover our favourite stories once again, each week will bring you a new episode.

In a city where one of the primordial aspects for survival is constant challenge, these five
artists are doing what any New York artists can only do so best, rapidly and unapologetically evolving.

Jennie Jieun Lee’s work is not your grandmother’s ceramics. These are clay masks and vessels that challenge the rigidness of classical ceramics and morphs them into lifelike figures filled with grotesque rhythm. Visceral, unsettling, moody and relatable, Jieun Lee’s work can be considered reflections on the simpler different rituals we endure daily like waiting for the bus, going to work, sitting in a dentist chair. For her,
“there is a discrepancy between the face I put on the outside versus the internal emotions at times.”

After suffering from a creative block for many years and agoraphobia, the Korean American artist was able to conquer her demons through meditation and thanks to her friends who would come meet with her and take her for walks. Also, “steady work came so that forced me to get me out of my zone.” Jieun Lee’s impressive oeuvre branches out from fine art to apparel and more affordable limited editions pieces.

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERON KRONE
WORDS: MIGUEL FIGUEROA
FASHION EDITOR: EL LEWIS
PHOTO ASSISTANT: RYAN MORRIS
HERE ARE PHOTOS FROM MY RECENT SHOW AT MARTOS GALLERY, MRS. THOMPSON’S MIRROR
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARTOS GALLERY