Artist Turns Her Small Studio Room Into Surreal Dreamscapes Without Using Photoshop


In Seoul, Korea, a studio that measures 9 x 19 feet is much more incredible than its small size might lead you to believe.

Here, Korean artist, Jee Young Lee transforms her studio into a new and enchanting world all of the time.

While traditional photography works to capture scenes you can find out in the real world, Lee Jee Young uses her imagination to create a scene worth photographing.

After spending weeks, and sometimes even months, creating the perfect look, she stations herself creatively in the midst of the re-designed room before snapping a photo.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-5

Just because she is at the heart of every photo doesn’t mean she’s conceded—or some wannabe model. One look at her artwork proves that she is never the main focus; in fact sometimes you have to try and find her within a scene.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-7

Wherever she places herself is always symbolic, and actually imperative to the story told by the room.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-8

Her artistic work does not remind you of one specific place, everything is far too detailed and unique for that. Yet every image stands out as impactful, relative to so many aspects of life.

She works to make sure every set is a story full of twists and turns, ups and downs. She also enjoys recreating traditional fables from both her own Korean culture and heritages from all over the world. stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-9

Regardless if you know the fable behind the image or not, you can come up with your own ways of understanding her artwork and even applying it to your life. For instance, as we become more and more obsessed with chemicals and technology, our planet turns into something else altogether.

Jee Young Lee captivates our deepest fears about this with her studio transformation known as “My Chemical Romance”.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-6

In this image, Jee Young Lee recreates her room using yellow and black piping that spews white foam. In the background she can be seen messing with the pipes, perhaps fixing a problem instead of being at home with her loved ones.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-4

All over the world, the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies mystifies and inspires people. In one work of art titled “Birthday,” Jee Young Lee captures the awe of the butterfly transformation.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-2

If you look carefully you will spot her toes hanging out of a recreated cocoon. All around her large caterpillars roam around. No details are left unturned, even the leaves spread throughout the scene include holes munched out by the hungry caterpillars.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-10

What you see when you look at these images is entirely up to you.

Every scene is so unique; some remind you of your favorite memories, while others are bit darker—such as her work titled “The Last Supper.”stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-3

In this work of art a room full of white rats stare at Jee Young Lee as she seemingly tries to escape, a cake platter hoisted above her head.

Using different wall colors and textures, Jee transforms her space so that it never looks the same.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-16

Without every using photo shop Jee Young creates scary, heartwarming, hopeful, and complicated images that say so much about the human heart and the world we live in.  stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-11

Jee Young Lee’s work has quickly gained popularity, making her one of the most coveted young artists in Korea.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-13

Her unique art has won her many awards including the Sovereign Art Price in 2012. She has been featured in many galleries, and after her first show outside of Korea, at the OPIOM Gallery in 2014, the world went wild for her work. Sending the young artist into international fame within only 2 short days of her appearance.stage-of-mind-room-jeeyoung-lee-1