“There, what I wished to do was to ‘gaze’ at the presence of the land, without being affected by its accumulated sorrow and desires, without adding my personal thoughts, like the silence of an olive tree that has been standing long histories” Jungjin Lee
Jungjin Lee, a photographer born in Korea in 1961, currently lives and works in New York City.
Her photographic landscapes, printed on handmade mulberry paper, make use of Eastern and Western traditions of both photography and painting.
The landscapes identify the introspective states of the artist’s mind. In “Unnamed Road“, her latest project, Lee approaches the Israel and West Bank territories with a gaze insisting on stillnes and wonder, revealing all that is enduring and unaltered.
Although “uncomfortable“, the charged area is nonetheless portrayed with a distance the artist found only in 2011, when she finally reached that meditative state that characterizes her usual approach to photography and that allowed her to look beyond Israel and the conflict.
‘That absolute “echo” within myself travels through time and space’, that act which is emotional and experiential, is captured and fixed in the materiality of the printing technique, with the use of a method akin to painting. The exploration of chance and imperfection lasted even within the images of Unnamed Road, the first time that Lee began employing digital processes.
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