Lee Youngbin, ‘Drawing’, 2012, Tomio Koyama Gallery

About Lee Youngbin

Lee Youngbin creates delicate paintings featuring minute glimpses of quotidian life, using traditional Korean inks and materials. Her compositions usually feature overhead views of places both vast and intimate in size, rendered with equal attention to minute detail and populated by small nude figures, a recurring motif in Lee’s work that explores the idea of socially defined roles. One of her better-known series, an ongoing project begun in 2002, features depictions of public bathhouses found in Korea. Lee says that her approach begins from within the Yin, or the dark side, of Yin-Yang, and believes in the importance of finding beauty in the negative, shadowed, and fragile.

Korean, b. 1980

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