GO EUN LEE

Sculpture



Cell Dance, 2020. Chicken wire, plaster, acrylic, silicone, expanding foam, and clay. 31 × 50 × 24 in.
Children are expressive, emotional, and colorful, and as they grow older and confront broader society, they become self-conscious. During this transitional phase of my childhood, I found myself hiding my true emotions in front of others. I would find myself running away from the rapidly changing and fiercely competitive contemporary society.

I have come to view my creative work as a means to rediscover my emotional self and the hidden beauty within a vertiginous reality. My artwork is an opportunity to take a step back, unearth my long-buried feelings, and challenge my perception of the world and who I am within it.

My work draws on my childhood memories as an inspiration for my creative process. My ambition is to explore everyday objects that we take for granted through the lens of a child, revealing any hidden perspectives

or ideas that are not immediately apparent. By remembering and reliving the curiosity and spontaneity of a child, I am able to tap into a new source of imagination.

Through intuitively chosen colors, the plasticity and overall visual activity reflect my own emotional state, which is in flux and always changing. The resulting form is an imaginative distortion of both my childhood memories and the actual appearance of objects. I am interested in preserving the contrasting colors and fundamental characteristics of familiar objects, although the overall form of the work and its particular textures, colors, and variegated surfaces create a sense of ambiguity. My process both reveals and conceals the true nature of the object, creating doubts as to its point of origin.

I want to provoke a feeling of alienation from what we think is familiar, so that we can not only rediscover the inner beauty of the object but also find new interpretations of that which is “ordinary.”