JeeYoung Lee - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • ‘‘The figure within a lotus blooming implies a stronger self who was just born again and is facing a new world.’’
    —JeeYoung Lee 

    For her ongoing Stage of Mind series, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee (b.1983) seamlessly blends the real with artifice, transporting us to her inner landscape. To create the fantastical vision of Resurrection, offered here, Lee painted her handmade paper lotus props and flooded her studio with fog and dry ice before staging herself as the protagonist and then photographing the final composition. Inspired by the Korean folktale of Shim Cheong – about a young woman who drowns herself in the sea and comes back to life inside a blooming lotus – Lee explores the meaning of death and resurrection while depicting herself here as a symbol of purity, strength and resilience, surrounded by a sacred lotus forest. Her creative process ends with the destruction of her meticulously handcrafted installation. ‘The process of destroying the stage,’ explains Lee, ‘allows me to transcend the complicated emotions that led me to create it in the first place.’ The Seoul-based artist has exhibited her Stage of Mind series internationally, including at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Another print of this image is held at the Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture in South Korea.


     JeeYoung Lee working on her handcrafted installation for Resurrection, 2011.



    • Exhibited

      Imaginarium 2015: A Voyage of Big Ideas, Singapore Art Museum, 14 March - 19 July 2015, another



Resurrection from Stage of Mind

Archival pigment print, mounted.
Image/Sheet: 96 x 120 cm (37 3/4 x 47 1/4 in.)
Frame: 100 x 124 cm (39 3/8 x 48 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP2 on a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is AP2 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 2 APs. This image exists only in this size and edition.

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Sold for £22,860

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London Auction 19 May 2023