In her Tiger series, she reinterprets one of the renowned genres in minhwa that depicts Tiger and Magpie, by combining it with contemporary elements such as New York city street and diamonds. Because it has the symbolic meaning of protection and good luck, Tiger and Magpie paintings were popular paintings to decorate and exchange as gifts at the beginning of the year in Korea.
About The Artist
Stephanie S. Lee is an artist and a curator based in New York. She received both MS and BFA from Pratt Institute and studied Korean Folk Art painting at Busan National University. She is a founding director of The Garage Art Center and currently working at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. She had six solo exhibitions and was selected for many group exhibitions in public venues such as Edward Hopper House Art Center and Charles B. Wang Center. She has participated in art fairs including Scope Art Show and Affordable Art Fairs and her work has been awarded and reviewed by many media such as The Wall Street Journal and The Korean Times. Fond of Korean Folk Art painting’s bright colors and positive energy and impressed by the fact that these were painted and shared during many wars, Lee reinterprets the traditional Korean Folk Art (Minhwa) by connecting it with a modern perspective. As the people of Korea kept a positive attitude and continued seeking hope and happiness through art despite the hardships they were facing, Lee uses diamonds in her painting to symbolize one’s positive spirit that overcame hardships and obstacles in their lives. Diamonds in Lee’s painting represent that the adversity turned into something stronger and shine on others as carbon turned into diamond under extreme heat and pressure.
Learn more: www.stephanieslee.com