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When art mirrors life, the reflection seen is both an inner vision of the artist and taps into the psyche of the viewer as well. Humankind is made up of many “individuals,” but a true artist is able to trigger something inside of all of us who may view the work even though the work is coming from a unique “personal vision”...

Such an artist in Kyunghee Lee. With her eye and spirit, Kyunghee Lee uses the camera to show us what she sees. While we, the viewers, may not expect what she shows us and are enlightened by what she shows us, we surely understand the moment. Art viewers want surprises and to see something from everyday life seen in a new context. Kyunghee gives us this special pleasure. The world never quite looks the same again after looking at her photographs.

When I see her photographs, I sense a romanticism and a lyricism coming from deep inside. Her inner being and personality are put right it front of us, but not in an overly overt way, but with grace and subtlety and style. When I see her work, I recognize the elements, the place, the mood, and yet her “decisive moments” come at me in way that I know I have never seen before. This is art at it’s best. Recognition with enlightenment. Familiarity with surprise. Distance with emotion. Kyunghee Lee puts all of this together as well as anyone I have ever seen.

Kyunghee Lee is a free and freedom is hard to find. She does it by dancing with the light. By playing with the ordinary she achieves the extraordinary. Her unpretentious photographs hold us. Keep us. Make us think for awhile, and yet let us travel as we may through her juxtapositions of both mood and color. Kyunghee Lee is flying.

Kyunghee Lee is blowing with a warm wind. And the wind will carry her far and to places even she cannot imagine. We will all be waiting to see what she sees.

By David Alan Harvey
ISBN: 978-88773-094-6
Publisher: TOSEI-SHA

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