Proposal Title: Chrysanthemum Blossoms, 03/31/2008, Other
Proposal Synopsis: Flowers are offered as a gesture of honoring the dead at funerals. I would like to offer my black and white Chrysanthemums to honor and commemorate the deaths of thousands of civilians killed in the war in Iraq.
Blossoming in a frosty November, the chrysanthemum embodies virtue and nobleness in its resilient spirit. But beauty and terrestrial existence fade, leaving only a faint memory. In East Asia, white chrysanthemums symbolize death and are used to adorn funerals. My works are inspired by nature, resilient yet ephemeral in existence.
My Chrysanthemum series revolves around the idea of a journey, and a connection to physical and ethereal places. Western and Eastern ceremonies of the dead are represented by black and white colors, just as when it is night in one place, it is day elsewhere in the world. What geographical distance separates physically, the mind can leap.
Artist's Biography: Born in Seoul, Korea, Jee Yun Lee currently lives and works in New York City. Jee Yun Lee received her BA in History from Columbia University and AAS in Illustration from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She received the Mark Rothko Scholarship, and her illustrations are published in the Big Book of Fashion Illustration. She has shown in numerous group exhibitions in New York. She also enjoys teaching art and working as a graphic designer and illustrator.