Current Tylee Cottage resident: Jae Hoon Lee (September 2019 – January 2020)
the current Tylee Cottage artist in residence
Jae Hoon Lee
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST: Multi-disciplinary artist
MEDIUMS: Digitally Collaged Photography and video
HOME TOWN: Auckland
BIOGRAPHY: Jae Hoon Lee is a male artist who was born in Seoul, Korean in 1973 and based in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee was educated at Kwang-Nam High School at where he decided to be an artist and studied drawing and sculpture. After finishing High School in Korea, Lee decided to go to America where he studied sculpture at San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts.
In 1998, Lee immigrated to New Zealand with his family, to further his studies. Lee completed a Master of Fine Arts degree majored in intermedia at the Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland.
Lee has been fortunate to receive assistance with his art making. He has received grants from the national arts funding agency Creative New Zealand to assist with the development and production of new work, which has been internationally exhibited in Korea, China and Australia over the past few years.
Lee was awarded the Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellowship, allowing him to stay and work at the Scott base camp in November 2011.
While Lee has a clearly defined practice as a visual artist, he is very interested in working collaboratively with artists from other disciplines, not only for new inspiration but also for exchanging new ideas and developing collaborative, interdisciplinary works.
A Q & A with Jae Hoon Lee
Q: Can you please give us a brief description of your hopes for your Tylee Cottage Residency period
A: I want to meet with local artists in order to exchange ideas and make a sense as being a member of the art community in Whanganui. I am keen on trying to touch some new art mediums, I have bought a bag of clay about two weeks ago and feeling this raw material with my bare hands is a great tangible sensation, on the other hand, photography is mostly focused on the visual sense but I believe that all senses are connected in terms of corresponding each other through possible new combination.
Q: Do you have a connection to Whanganui?
A: On the 8th Nov in 2019,I arrived to Whanganui around the early evening, I vividly remember the intense scent from flowered gardens when I was driving pass the neighbourhood near at the border of Whanganui region. On the next morning, I woke up with birds chirping sound which was yet unconsciously delightful and almost as if it cleanses my ears. Up to date, I am still pretty much impressed by the beautiful nature here and feel lucky to be rejuvenated .
Q: Tell us about your experiences making your art. For instance, how long does a piece take you generally? Do you do research? Is your creation process very physical, very cerebral? Is there a long gestation period?
A: For instance, my digitally collaged landscape photography could take a year to be completed, I normally start to work with an whole bunch of images at the same time and build up a little by a little over a long period of time until I find a right piece to complete the whole picture like a puzzle game.
Q: Is there an audience you particularly want to reach or a message that you hope to communicate?
A: Not particularly target upon a specific community but I hope to embrace of every immigrants and refugees from all different countries in Whanganui, because I consider myself as one of them. Through my art process, I am able to experience of being in different regions in New Zealand, I potentially expect my landscape work produced in Whanganui is embedded with the reflection of diversity of different people here. I think we can not talk about landscape without it’s content which consists of the people.
Q:Are there themes that seem to pop up again and again in your work? What are they? Do you know why they are there?
A: The sense of evanescence and timelessness are often recurring in my work. Most of the subject matters in my work are based on natural element, such as cloud, water, trees, pebbles and mountains, the innate quality of these natural elements in my work reflects a strict nature of the natural law and order.
Q: What or who influences you? Is there something you find particularly inspiring?
A: I often refresh myself by taking a walk around Virginia lake, it is becoming my daily ritual taken on once every two days, the most nice thing about it is so close from the Tylee cottage. Also the Saturday market here is most joyful way to meet and talk to local people in a random occasion.