Dong Hee Lee is an artist based in New York. She received her BFA in 2009 and MFA in 2012, both from Long Island University C.W. Post, NY. Her work has shown in many domestic and international art fairs and exhibits such as NYU Langone Medical Center, Hutchins Gallery Brookville, Yegam Art Space, Hillwood Art Museum, and Korean Culture Center in Washington D.C., also participated Portal Art Fair, Miami Red Dot Art Fair, Governors Island Art Fair, and Fountain Art Fair, Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, SEOUL OPEN ART FAIR in Korea. And her work has been featured in the Times Ledger, the Washington Post, HYPERALLERGIC, Art Report, NY Korean Times, Fine Art Magazine, and the Epoch Times to name a few.
Dong Hee Lee's artworks are inspired by generative power and mysteries of our physical and spiritual realities. In her three-dimensional works, she boldly creates pieces of sculpture and installation using an unusual method: hot glue from a glue gun. She uses hot glue to create biomorphic forms that transform the infinity within the human mind and body. Dong Hee constructs shape and connected form to resemble cells within the human body, especially on replicating the structure of the human egg.
Beyond a single cell, she continues to create a lacy mesh of open net surfaces that possess individual shapes but also exhibit an interconnected nature. As a result, her works reveal the different cellular stages of a human embryo.
Taking her work to another realm, she worked with photographers and professionals in the fashion industry to express the beauty of birth. In one of the projects called 'Metamorphosis', she created small-scale sculptures, skillfully playing with objects and even natural elements. 'Metamorphosis' was published in several magazines and became popular. She unveiled a unique approach to thinking about birth in different contexts.
Celebrating Women's History Month, this exhibition illuminates female identity from a cytological view and its relationship with nature.
Inspired by generative power and mysteries of our physical and spiritual realities, Dong Hee creates pieces of art using an unusual method: hot glue from a glue gun. Using hot glue, Dong Hee constructs shapes and forms to resemble cells within the human body. Specifically, she focused on replicating the structure of the human egg that represents the origin of birth.
Beyond single cells, she continued to use the hot glue to create a lacy mesh of open net surfaces that possess individual shapes that exhibit an interconnected nature at the same time. As a result, it becomes the different cellular stages of a human embryo. Those biomorphic forms transform the infinity within the human mind and body.
"Life comes into existence through competition for survival. My work uses abstract patterns and forms to evoke the drama and beauty of our invisible origins. The human egg is the only perfectly spherical cell in the human body – a glowing, radiating organism. This image symbolized in my work is a web of interconnected circles; each circle carefully formed molten glue and was 'drawn' using a glue gun. The synthetic glue material is shiny and pliant, like a membrane.
I create hundreds of these small, extruded circles in a process of accumulation that suggests gestation and the multiplication of cells. The combination of small repeating units becomes large complex forms, either sculptural objects or patterns on canvas.
I choose symbols of the creation of life because this represents generative power and the mysteries of our physical and spiritual realities. My art is about transformation and the infinity within us."
- Dong Hee Lee, August 2020
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