2015 - 2017 (By Courtney R. Davis)
Like an intermediary between the physical and spiritual planes. Hyunmee Lee channels the quiet power of meditative ritual in her current series, Abstract Alchemy, which explores awareness, purity, and harmonious opposition.
This series represents the artist’s poetic journey of spiritual and physical rediscovery through the juxtaposition of bold, dynamic shapes and delicate nuances of color. Lee’s works lyrically translate the mystical power of Korean Shamanism. Organic, uninhibited, and gestural, Lee’s experimental marks reveal the freedom of self-discovery and renewal, balanced by meditative ritual and introspection. Abstract Alchemy, created after the artist’s travels to India, Thailand, and back to her homeland of Korea, embraces the power of transformation. The artist’s paintings become gateways into a metaphysical plane of experience, wherein shape and color are transformed into breath and life, purity and wholeness. In this connection, the work of Hyunmee Lee explore ‘self’ through an eternal harmony of opposition: she seeks to both present and to oppose forces in her work, such as “determination and spontaneity,” “boldness and shyness,” and “emptiness and fullness.” For the artist, the harmony of opposition is a way of understanding life itself.
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