7/8/2023 _ 7/23/2023
Through her interest that could be described as an obsession, Jeunne Lee has pursued elements such as "eyes" and "the gazes of others". According to her, this "appearance supremacy" has penetrated our society - the mutual surveillance in highly developed capitalism - and even our communications everywhere.
In creating this work, research has been conducted incorporating both aesthetic and sociological analyses of the element of "beauty" in women. Let's quote part of her statement.
The robust bronze torso of "MEMEDress" represents "self" or "female image," and the inflated dress made of fabric and cotton symbolizes illusion and glamour. This still indicates that the world at its center is governed by the "self," with the heavy bronze female figure commanding the weight of space and expressing its presence. Moreover, the dress made from pitch-black fabric reveals the conflicting inner psychology of not wanting to attract others' eyes while simultaneously desiring their interest.
"MEME Dress" was created based on autobiographical experiences and psychological analysis, removing gender from the equation. Although it's not completely free from societal gaze through this, it attempts to express a resistant attempt to not lose oneself, reconciliation, and the process of healing.
The dress that sits in the venue as a collective of "aesthetic attire" seems to transcend the power of traditional dresses, appearing almost like armor, religion, or a talisman to survive in this society. The work, presented as a solid sculpture while reflecting the social situation of Korea, strongly expresses the issue of "gaze" surrounding present-day Asia. The title of the exhibition, "ME; me," recalls the English "meme". If this work also possesses the nature of such a "meme," where information and gaze spread like genes and gradually transform while influencing our inner norms at an emotional level, it could become a small flag of rebellion — abnormal division, mutation — in the present of appearance supremacy.
Jeunne Lee expands her artistic horizons for the end purpose of creating what may be called “communicative art.” She has been actively involved in multiple artworks and research as well as group exhibitions and events across Japan, Korea, and China based on various work experiences in the art world and the market for the past 10 years. She tries to create and robustly maintain a sustainable borderless global art network, as well as continuing her research into large-scale installation’s pace in the art world and possibilities of its coexistence with the latter.
2023.7.9 07:00 _ 2023.7.9 12:00