Biography

About Tatjana Lee

I was born 1972 in Munich, Germany. With a Korean mother and a German father, I had the opportunity to grow up influenced by two different cultures. After my doctorate in human medicine and trainings in corporate design and web design (Media Design University of Munich), I finally got to the visual arts.

2008 – 20014 I worked as a media and web designer. This was not only a time of searching but of studying as well. I experimented with digital and analog media (image editing, cutting plotter, acrylic paint, Korean ink ...), two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials (canvas, Tyvek, silk cocoons, resin ...) and different techniques (painting, casting, writing, drawing...). Man and the human face were already my central theme.

Until 2014 a tension had developed out of this steady growing, subliminal, inner movement. It forced me to accept the artistic endeavors as essential part of myself. As a consequence, I exclusively focused on visual arts and academic advanced training of my painting skills. This was followed by the founding of a studio, a founding of an artists’ group and several exhibitions.

I see art as a universal language to connect people beyond space, time and cultures.

The focus of my artistic work is “identity”:

Being half Korean and half German, my identity develops both externally and internally in the tension field of two very different cultures.

The study of human medicine revealed the changes in the external identity of the human body during injury, illness, and death. It gave me knowledge about the physiology and psychology of man and aroused the question as to how far inner and external identity interacted - mutually influence each other.

Most important of all, as mother of three wonderful daughters I am witness and companion on their adventure of seeking and discovering their own identity.

I chose the face as a central focus of my work for it is an important part of human identity. It is an essential medium to become conscious of oneself and to constitute the inner identity to the outside. It is the material manifestation of the inner identity.

An interaction of our external and internal "identity", transmitted through this medium - our face, has an unconscious effect on our fellow human beings. It is mirrored and thrown back by the other individual, thus influencing our own identity, our striving for individuality and belonging. Our facial expressions enable a subconscious, unadulterated communication beyond cultures and species that cannot be evaded.

In my paintings, I dissolve the externality of the faces, sometimes more times less. I show facets of the being and reveal parts of the inner identity. The observer is internally challenged to interpret missing and deformed parts of the face. He becomes the creator of his own identity, which is based on his current emotional world. Thus, the viewer becomes part of the work of art.

I am aiming to draw the viewers’ attention to the hidden facets of his own inner identity through my work to and to trigger a positive development through this awareness.

Tatjana Lee

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