Yoora Lee

Region: Pacific Coast

My paintings are filled with analogous color relationships and wavering horizontal marks that imagine an impressionism derived from video tape distortion. My brushstrokes blur the picture like an analog TV glitch, undulating the image as though from an obsolete technology. The unreal color provokes a sense of fantasy, reminding people of brief moments when life felt like a movie or drama. Compositionally, the repetition of reflected spaces and screens creates subnarratives that are open-ended and incomplete. The picture plane opens outward toward the viewer, inviting them into an awareness of a between-space where the painting is a stage and they are the theater. Fiction needs characters, and so all of my paintings are figurative. Time is warped, however, and figures of the present are juxtaposed with those from the past. Through walls, windows, and screens viewers can look back and forth through. Nonetheless, the figures feel blank, inviting the viewer project themselves into their points of view. Their postures and environments mix feelings of emptiness, isolation and ennui.