Namkyung Lee

Published: 09.12.2021

Namkyung Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. She majored in jewellery design in Graduate School of Design at Kookmin University, and she is currently working as a contemporary jewellery artist.


Places or others, stayed remain as images. These places, in which we stared and felt different emotions, are fixed as scenes. The photographic images I use represent those parts of a place where gazes fell and rested. They exist as a means of recording often incidental, yet always subjective, memories.
For me, spaces with windows and the views through them remain as images from memories, like scenes from photographs. Memories of windows exist as symbols of recall and contain a mixture of specific spaces and their connected feelings, in this sense they are a medium, connecting not only the inner and outer world, but also the past and present. The feelings and memories aroused by gazing through windows stay with us as images. Furthermore, each scene generated by memories remains a perpetual reminiscence through distortion and layering.
In my work, the concept of space is just as important as the image. The spaces that the images depict (both directly and indirectly) could be seen as metaphorical mediums. They may represent empirical memories of places visited and stayed in. Likewise, they could also signify virtual spaces in which memories have become confused or conflated. Finally, they might also be seen as redolent of abstract spaces in which memories are entirely reconstructed or imagined. Through these ambiguities, I hope my work is visually engaging, but also has a wider value based on common experiences and thought processes.

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Exhibition  20 Dec 2021 - 11 Feb 2022  Until Death Do Us Part.
Award giving  14 Oct 2021 - 14 Oct 2021  Award Winners at JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects 2021.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2021 - 10 Nov 2021  Painful Hope in Madrid.
Fair  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects 2021.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  Enjoia't Awards 2021 shortlisted pieces.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2021 - 26 Nov 2021  JEWELS ON SALE JOYA 2021.
Open call  12 Apr 2021 - 15 May 2021  Open Call JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects 2021.
Exhibition  17 Dec 2020 - 09 Jan 2021  Absolutely Abstract.
Exhibition  12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021  Painful Hope.
Award giving  29 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020  Award Winners at JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair 2020.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020  Broken Beauty in Munich.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020  Broken Beauty.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019  LOOT 2019. Mad about Jewelry.
Exhibition  04 Oct 2018 - 06 Oct 2018  Selected Artists JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2018.