My work explores the evasive nature of authentic desire. By focusing on the tension between “real” desire and “fake” objects of desire, as embodied by images—in the broadest sense of the word—my work presents “real fakes” and “imageless images.”
My work is thus concerned with making real fakes by forthrightly showing artifice without the concealment of ambiguity. This refusal to deny the actual substance of the materials with which I make art reveals the authenticity of these faked, imaginary worlds so that the product, as an artwork, is paradoxically a fake that, notwithstanding its artifice, is authentic and, thus genuine.
My goal is to create a new visual space in which artifice evaporates through the very naked presentation of images as naked materials. This “honest artifice” would ultimately lead one into an experience of reflection about one’s own nostalgia.
Jaye Rhee revels in the space between the ironic and the poignant. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Rhee studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (BFA, MFA). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Kobe Biennale 2007 (Japan), Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, Aljira Contemporary, Galerie Gana Beaubourg (Paris), Chicago Cultural Center and Kyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Seoul). In 2009 Rhee was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Gyeonggi Creation Center Pilot Program and participated in Palais de Tokyo Workshop Program. Her work has also been featured in Carol Becker’s essay, published in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art by The University of California Press, and reviewed by the New York Times, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, and Art in Culture.