© Jung Lee
Resembling the familiair commercial light signs that feel like home comforted her during her Series 'Aporia (2010)' capturing the border area of North Korea with China and South-Korea.
Photographer Lee travelled a lot in bleak areas where lights were rare. These experiences were helpful for her to start actual light installations later on. Specifically the border areas between China and North Korea, which were fearful, as there were almost no lights. She was afraid of the darkness and tension. Therefore she imagined herself to be with the signs of Starbucks or McDonald’s, missing the familiar.’ Lee describes her work as a reflection of her desire and imagination in desolate landscapes.
"It is not only about what I see, but also about what I imagine. I spend a lot of time observing people and wish to reflect the truth of life in my work. Although they might look like landscapes, my work is ultimately about humanity in the end. "
Lee placed glowing word creations made from neon lighting on empty landscapes, contrasting sentimental phrases with stark layouts of deserted plains or barren snow fields. Lee centres her work with the 'out of place' feeling that is born of these experiences. ''I try to see my surroundings and even my emotions as an observer. I see myself as a person on the borderline. I believe that feeling out of place is helpful for my art.'' Her work is thoughtful and emotional to inspire viewers to develop their own thoughts and emotions with the landscapes she portrays.