Grant Summary
Artist Statement
I am a Korean American artist who uses clay and other materials to mimic, articulate and interpret emotional and psychological spaces. Using the history of emotions as one of my research components, I weave narratives into my sculptures and installations to emphasize textural accumulations of memory and the fragility of mortality. My most recent show, Sizzling Gouba and Long Beach at Martos Gallery was partly based on the early loss of my father and our growing suburban yard which became a public barometer of inner lost control and grief due to its unruliness. Recording movements into clay, I bring my own experiences of identity and existence while manipulating visually what is normally expected of the material.
  • Sizzling Gouba and Long Beach, 2019, Jennie Jieun Lee, Installation. Photo courtesy of Martos Gallery.

  • Glaze Technology, 2019, Jennie Jieun Lee, Glaze ceramic, wood, acrylic, oil, pencils 32 x 20 x 3 inches. Courtesy of Martos Gallery.

  • Onibaba, 2019, Jennie Jieun Lee, Glazed ceramic, wood, slipcast porcelain, acrylic, oil, pencils, 44 x 32 x 8 inches. Courtesy of Martos Gallery.

  • CSULB, 2019, Jennie Jieun Lee, Glazed ceramic, slipcast porcelain, wood, acrylic, oil, pencils, 42 x 32 x 10 inches. Courtesy of Martos Gallery.