Born 1954, Seoul. Lives and works Seoul
Sanghyun Lee has digitally manipulated two Korean landscape paintings from the Joseon era (1392 – 1897), and set in what is now North Korea, in order to blend layers of history and fiction, past, present and future. Exploring questions of artifice and reality in contemporary Korea, he populates these historical paintings with internet game characters, Barbie dolls and K-Pop stars. He also includes global brand logos, such as Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. The collective craving for money and possessions that Lee observes in both South and North Korea is he argues, related to a profoundly human desire to consume, which can never be satisfied.
We dream of paradise but it does not exist, it is only a figment of our minds and desires. Peach blossoms do not bring you happiness they are fake. Designer handbags will not bring you fulfilment, but yet many continue to yearn for these things and have a passionate desire for material goods.