Juyon Lee is a South Korea-born artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. With her interest in limits and fluidity in perception of time and space, Lee makes multidimensional works composed of functional and nonfunctional objects with ethereal materials like light and air.
She has exhibited nationally, including the Main Section of AREA CODE Art Fair, “Distant Future” in Gallery II of Vermont Studio Center, “What’s Next” at Emerson Contemporary in Boston, MA, and “Feel Me” at Collar Works in Troy, NY. Lee was an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, ChaNorth Artist Residency, Chautauqua School of Art Residency (Full Fellowship), and Vermont Studio Center (Artist’s Grant). She is a recipient of Tufts University Graduate Student Competition Awards (2019, 2021, 2022), Dean’s Research Grants (2019, 2021), Horton- Hallowell Graduate Fellowship, and more. Lee received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (Merit Scholarship) in 2022 and her BA (summa cum laude, honors) in Studio Art from Wellesley College in 2018.
In my work, I arrange functional and nonfunctional objects in absurd relationships. Tangible objects, such as glass orbs and metronomes, interact with ethereal materials like light and air to obfuscate any pre-associations attached to the material. Imbuing the concrete objects with a sense of temporality and intangibility, the abstracted situations in my work invite new meanings through direct experience.
I experience light not only an essential material, but also an existing condition of life that one relies on to perceive, navigate, and communicate in the world. Through this use of light, my work embodies its own processual quality and materiality.
Considering the image-making process as a framing device, I document object interactions and materialize the recorded images. The documentation is recomposed into multidimensional forms in various scales, ranging from object-based sculpture to architectural components.
By constructing abstracted situations in multiple layers and dimensions, my work explores the relationship between perception of time and space, visual translations of objects, and the liminal space where meaning is generated.