Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Interior Landscape, an exhibition of new work by DS LEE. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 8 from 7 - 9 pm in the gallery’s new space at 56 Bogart St in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
DS LEE is known for her deconstructed forms that give rise to the interior landscapes of this show. By exploring the unconscious mind, LEE uncovers the visual abstract content of emotional self-portraiture through colors and forms that serve as metaphors for interior life. Through this process of visualizing her inner world on the external canvas or substrate, she creates a moment where she sees the interior simultaneously as exterior.
Though hers is a process of automatic drawing or a kind of map-making of the unconscious mind, she admits that the resulting forms give the impression of being “destructive, incomplete or unintentional”. In this way they mimic the transience of feelings, which is why DS LEE keeps her outlines “delicate and fragile like all kinds of emotion”. The outline defines the quality of interactions between elements. This is where the territorial map of emotions becomes a self-portrait: “It is the boundary between things inside me.”
Each element of form and color is carefully composed to accurately depict the quality of the emotion. The artistic process, ever a foretelling of the process of looking, oscillates between a widening and narrowing of scope. While the surface is never left in an unfinished state, the viewer is not given the satisfaction of easily predicted forms or color transitions. The collection of qualities arises organically among neighboring colors and forms and the details give rise to the collective sensation of feeling when seen from further away.
DS LEE received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her artistic practice reflects her academic background of architecture and urban design through careful consideration of non-structure and application of industrial materials. In addition, her deep interests in fashion have conjured up a profound dialogue with human and surrounding components of daily life, which she has developed and refined through several years of experimental studio practice.