Thread on resin cast
Dimensions: 30cm (H) x 24cm (W) x 20cm (D) / 11.8" (H) x 9.4" (W) x 7.9" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
My wok focuses on the individual in the contemporary society today. I explore the neutrality and duality of the individual as a distinct unity and again as a constituent of the collective society. In particular, I shed light on the social phenomena surrounding the individual in contemporary social space, especially on negative conditions such as bystander effect, mass psychology, scapegoating, and biases. Using East Asian element of the thread, which represents human life, to form human figure-like works, my art looks at the problems of the modern man from a third-person perspective.
Since 2012, my work has explored the social phenomenal in the collective society. Based on the idea of the bystander effect, The Bystander series which began in 2012 is still a work in-progress, which focuses on the cold-hearted social neglect and ignorance on those in need. In 2013, the work Witness delved into how such heartless bystanders become an invisible witness. The series
Based in: Korea
“My work based on social phenomena "Bystander Effect”. Countless things that happen quietly in our society are cases of bystander effect that make select individuals into outcasts. Thinking how I can become a social outcast due to the distant indifferent bystanders, I find this a serious problem that can’t be overlooked in silence. This work traces individuals becoming an outcast in a society, and how the majority or the society overlooks the individual outcast in silence. Departing from previous materials or working approach, I made small figures for this work. Taking two different postures, the figures either have their arms crossed, or have hands tied behind their back. The two postures symbolize bystanders, hiding their hands and saying “I have no hands to help you” and “I have nothing to do with you.”
June Lee was born in Korea in 1985, and grew up in Seoul. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Drawing and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. Lee was the 2nd place recipient of the Judith Altman Award granted at FiberPhiladelphia in 2012.
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