I’m Joon Lee, 28, born in Seoul, South Korea, currently living in Vancouver, Canada. Herbert Read had a saying, “A slave is happy, but happiness is not enough” that shifted my behaviour to expose my consciousness to the world. I believe that we should all do something that frightens our insecurities..because if you ain't scared, are you really living?
PIECE WITH ARTIST
OCT 08, 2021. VANCOUVER. CANADA.
Tell us your story, how did you come to painting? I’ve always wanted to paint, but never got around to it until I was let go due to covid so I decided to dive deep into reading art history/theory/philosophy in order to experiment with paints.
What are your motivation forces for painting?
Motivation is a word I often reject as I believe that it is an inadequate foundation to push oneself with art. A force of discipline is what I primarily focus on so that I create every day, no matter my mood of inspiration or motivation.
What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it? I paint in a 100 year old brick wall, open space studio, which was occupied by well known jazz musicians prior to my residence. The acoustics in here is outstanding!
What is art for you?
It’s difficult to define a word that carries more weight that it sounds. Personally, art is defined as the purest form of experimentation..whether that is through painting or cooking or creating mathematical equations. It doesn’t matter of the specificity for me, as long as it’s birthed from extensive practice of experimentation.
Photo: Joon Lee