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Jaeeun Lee

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Studio Location
Performance. 2011
Animation, 2011
Artist's Statement

In his essay The Labyrinth, George Bataille deploys a comparison between conventional architecture and the labyrinth as rhetoric to critique the repression inherent in social order. If conventional architecture is a structure that imposes order upon chaos, the labyrinth is one where all oppositions encounter and collide into chaos.
I constructlabyrinths of narrative and imagery through her performance. As Iformally amalgamates sound, movement and imagery, she also creates a labyrinthian experience by carefully employing seemingly symbolic or metaphoric elements but obscuring their relationship to their meanings. The labyrinth she creates is a space of feeling lost, disjointed clues, enforced movement, unpredictability, potential danger, anxiety, desolation, secrecy, unexpected encounters and a desire for an exit. It is a struggle to embrace all the contradictions of beings by reenacting them while accepting my incapability to do so.


Jaeeun Lee was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She has participated in a number of shows in various venues such as Present Company, Brooklyn, NY, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, New York, NY and Crane Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA. She received an MFA in combined media from Hunter College, NY in 2011 and a BFA in sculpture from Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea in 2006. She was also a resident artist in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in ME in 2011. Her work has been featured in NY Arts Magazine, Artnet and Bomb Magazine among others.