Minjung Lee

South Korea
1988
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Minjung Lee works with images collected from digital media. This is different than simply looking for the motif of her painting on digital. She is interested in the way in which images are handled in the digital world, as well as the way in which she experiences them, and that is the main theme of her paintings.

Nowadays, it is not an exaggeration to say that the flood of images, digital image is being produced explosively in every second, every minute, and it has come to an era where we can easily share and access them in digital space. Now, more images are consumed in a shorter period of time than in any other age. This environment has made us different in attitude toward pictures. People are no longer seeking a single image or exploring the meanings of many aspects of an image, nor even viewing a single image for a long time.

Minjung does not see this phenomenon just as critical, but rather as a phenomenon that responds to environmental conditions. She herself is also not exempted in its environmental impact. She was rather interested in the images being arranged in the digital world by mechanical, mathematical, and algorithmic calculations.

The artist always questions herself about the position of painting in this age. And she is also interested in the direction that painting  moves. Especially, can paintings themselves accept this time of age? And how does painting itself make a difference? Minjung Lee is studying them with great interest.

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