“I had never thought that an artist could live off the sales of his works, there was no-one like that around me.”
The work of Korean artist Jaehyo Lee demonstrates a solid respect for raw materials and an innovative approach for displaying their characteristics. His Transformations series makes use of of meshes of logs and bent nails, which have been planed to form cross sections that reveal the structure of the materials within.
Lee’s sculptural works have always incorporated natural elements on a grand scale, from the icicle sculptures he grew using hanging thread, to the vast to arrays of dangling rocks suspended in mid-air which can be seen within his display studio in Yangpyeong, Korea. But it is his sculptural furniture which makes use of cross-sectional wood that has attracted worldwide attention.