Traver Gallery is pleased to welcome Jiyong Lee for his first solo show at the gallery titled Invisible Microcosm. Jiyong Lee’s segmentation series draws inspiration from his fascination with the microcosm and the scientific study of cells. Intrigued by the process of cellular division and the journey of growth that begins with a single cell and culminates in the creation of life, Lee explores these themes in his artwork. Working primarily with glass, Lee utilizes its diverse qualities of transparency, translucency, and opacity to symbolize the known and unknown aspects of life science.
In the Segmentation series, Lee employs segmented, geometrical, and biomorphic forms to represent cells, embryos, and various biological and molecular structures. Each form serves as a metaphor for the fundamental building blocks of life and the starting point of existence. Through his art, Lee seeks to capture the essence of life itself.
Lee’s meticulous craftsmanship is evident in the refined translucent surfaces of his glass creations. These surfaces not only convey the mysterious qualities of cells but also reflect the uncertain nature of their future. While the Segmentation series exudes a subtle and understated aesthetic, it possesses a remarkable complexity in its structural composition.
To create his artwork, Lee employs a range of techniques, including cutting, lamination, carving, and surface refining. Through these processes, he transforms clear solid glass into visually captivating pieces that not only exhibit beauty but also carry profound meaning.