Seeing Red: East Asian landscapes as political statements

Seeing Red: East Asian landscapes as political statements

In the monochromatic oil paintings by Sea Hyun Lee, a series of landscapes use layers of transparent color to create form.

Though the works are simple landscapes at first glance, going deeper with the works reveals that the paintings are set in the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea, and includes mountains from both countries. Within this context, we see the fragmentation of this red landscape as a political response. In the series, Between Red, of course is a color reference to communism, but the red also comes from the artist’s experience during mandatory military service and the monochromatic view-field of night vision goggles.

The artist currently lives in London, having moved there to complete a second Masters degree at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, following a MFA from Hongik University in Seoul.

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