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Artist transforms subconscious to conscious in new Fisher Gallery art show

Kyujin Lee; Unbind; 73” x 53”; ink, watercolor, acrylic on canvas; photo courtesy of artist.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes the unique artwork of regional artist Kyujin Lee whose show Past Control, Pest Control will be on display from Nov. 10, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. 

Lee explains that she works in the surrealist tradition. As she always does at the onset of creating new work, Lee started by making spontaneous gestural marks on paper or on canvas with water-based pigments. After some time, Lee returned to these marks to deliberately transform those incidental marks to create the final art piece.

“As I make my subconscious conscious, I transform incidental marks into defined images and compose psychologically-charged visual narratives that often deal with emotional stress like anxiety and depression triggered by childhood traumas,” Lee said. “In this process, I reach a cathartic state of mind and slowly begin to regain a sense of control of some of my past emotional hardships that seem sometimes so persistent, like a pest.”

Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and now resides in Washington, D.C. In 1994, she received a Bachelor of Arts from Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul. She also received a Master of Fine Arts from the City College of The City University of New York in 1997 and a Master of Arts from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2000. Over the years, she has shown in solo and group exhibitions all over the world including in the Washington, D.C. area, Chicago, New York City, Florida, Vermont, New Jersey and North Carolina.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall events. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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