“Stage of Mind,” an exhibition by artist Jee Young Lee, features dreamy, surreal landscapes, all created without the use of Photoshop. The artists 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4-meter studio in Seoul is meticulously transformed for each image she wants to create. The dramatic settings take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to construct–Lee pays attention to the most minute details in order to make these otherworldly sets. Once the set is created, she then inserts herself into each image in various ways, sometimes showing her whole body, and other times only making an arm or a leg visible.
Each image and set that is built represents a different story, some telling stories of Lee’s personal life, while others tell traditional Korean fables. Her image Treasure Hunt, for example, is based on the artist’s childhood memories and took her three months to craft the thousands of wire leaves which evoke a wonderland atmosphere. Broken Heart, on the other hand, is based on the Korean expression, “like breaking a stone with an egg”–representing an ineffectual effort against an overwhelming hardship. After looking through her exhibition it’s hard to believe that each image was created by hand, with no effects added using Photoshop.
Jee Young Lee’s awe inspiring self portraits will be displayed at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France from Feb. 7 to March 7, 2014. If you’d like to step into another world, then check out all of her images by visiting the Opiom Gallery website, here!