Jessie (Jihyun) Lee is a South Korean, Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist. Lee, a self-declared ‘soul healing’ artist, uses painting as a tool to actualize her visual window to heal her psychological wounds from external stimuli such as social pressure and media coverage, and furthermore, hope to share her healing methods with the audience.
She utilizes painting as a medium to re-frame the outer world in a more acceptable way and blends positive and negative scenes of imagery to paint the method to her healing.
Her art consists of imagery that reflects outside world and self-reflected imagery and through this, she ultimately peruses balance between the inner and outer world.

“Over the past three years, I went through a rehab process as a result of a knee injury and had three surgeries. In recent months, I faced an unprecedented incident which resulted in a heavy concussion. Overall, I’ve had a very difficult phase in my life. But now, with the advent of this event, this phase is over.
My work was chosen for the Artrooms Fair in Seoul.
Based in London, Artrooms Fair is the first art fair offering free exhibition space to independent artists.
Now the international fair has branched out to Asia and the first city they will be hosting the exhibition in is Seoul!
Every work in the show is selected by a panel of leading industry experts, art critics and buyers across the globe. Most of the judges are Sotheby collectors, the number one art auction company in the world.
Check out my work here:
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Artrooms Seoul
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Artrooms London
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Artrooms Rome
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Personal platforms:
Website: https://www.jessiejihyunlee.com
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Same bad different dreams, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 20.86" x 17.91"
The characteristics of a dog and that of a cat are in opposition to each other. The most distinctive difference is the dedication towards one’s owner; a dog is dedicated to one’s owner while a cat is more likely to be individualistic and depend on variable circumstances. Hence, when the owner throws a ball, a dog brings the ball back to the owner and a cat does not. At times, CATOG appears; a cat behaves like a dog, losing its own identity, while being with others and a dog behaves like a cat, while left to their own devices. CATOG, Cat or Dog who loses their original identity, reflects my own hesitation with the social pressure and the immature ego. The strange figure, which does not belong to either a group of dogs or a group of cats, is shameful self-imagery. When I moved to Canada, I happened to experience culture shock. During that time, I realized that I divided social groups in such a narrow-minded way; I used to categorize the whole population into only two kinds of social categories, Cat and Dog. And I forced myself to be part of one of those groups. Looking at the beautiful cultural spectrum which still contains inherent cultural identity, I finally realized that the mutual happiness comes from accepting the difference between you and I. There are CATOGS like me, cats, dogs, and the figures which belong to none of them. Their appearances and minds are colorful. I am the most beautiful and odd CATOG amongst them. As with the shiny appearance, I can play with a ball in my own way and I can also get along with the other groups which peruse different ways of ball games. I am not an unhappy CATOG who does not belong to any social groups, but a happy CATOG who can be happy in any social groups.