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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Yeon Joo Lee

2012-2014 MFA Ceramics   Rgode Island School od Design (RISD) providence, RI
2011  BFA Ceramic    California College of Arts (CCA) Oakland , CA
2003 BFA, oriental Painting  Sung Shin Women's University, Korea

Undergraduate Senior Show

Most people experience frustration, hold onto resentment, and dream of escape from their own harsh reality 

while carrying burdens on their shoulders. Even though all people live with different weights and sizes of 

burden, we all carry similar bags of worries and share similar destinies. These "fetters of life" are 

unavoidable. That is the way our lives work: through thick and thin, high and low.


I express the emotions that I get from interacting with the people around me. These emotions include the 

pressures from social expectations, the stress from constant daily conflicts among people, and the loneliness 

from the duplicity of people. I am inspired by common poses such as leaning, holding, stretching and kicking. 

The motions of the body create energetic lines. From these observations, I get ideas and compositions for my 

work and these ideas often take concrete shape of awkward or funny poses. The physical tension of these 

figures reference the psychological tension of our complex human relationships.

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