Ink on silk velvet
145.0 x 207.5 x 10.5 Size (cm)
57.1 x 81.7 x 4.1 Size (in)Born 1964 in Yeongju, South Korea
Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea
Lee Bul works across a range of media, from drawing, sculpture, and painting to performance, installation, and video. Mixed media works from her ‘Perdu’ series and a related ‘Untitled’ series expand her exploration of the human desire to transcend intellectual, physical, and spiritual limitations through technological innovation. She broadens this concept with retro-futuristic imagery rooted in biology through the incorporation of mother of pearl — a living organism — collaged with materials such as human hair, acrylic shards, crystals, and dried flowers. The resulting forms reveal the existing tension within utopian idealism, and the reality of its fragmentation and ruin; however, the unfinished state she alludes to in these pieces is a reference to the persistent human drive to find a sense of completeness.
Lee Bul received a BFA in sculpture from Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at museums worldwide.