JeeYoung Lee, ‘Black Birds’, 2011, Opiom Gallery

Although there is no direct connection between the image itself and the story, I got the idea for this piece from Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds as well as the Greek myth, Pandora s box.

As an act of exploration, the character opens doors and windows, perhaps looking for something that she wants, which can be either an escape, or a path, or a way-out. However, before finding a good way for her, she has unlocked one of the doors and is unexpectedly met by a flock of birds. For me, large birds appear threatening and the image of their feathers, beak, and curved talons are frightful. I applied these feelings on birds to express the many problems that arise surprisingly in my present life, the problems that I have to deal with, and various things I want to avoid but I have to confront in the process of going forward.

LEE JeeYoung