Rim Lee’s Sensitive and Sensual Self-Portraits

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Based in Seoul, Rim Lee creates paintings that begin as performances. The multi-disciplinary artist coats herself in paint and has a photographer document her subtle gestures as she manipulates the viscous acrylic on her body. The photographs become reference points for poignant, emotional self-portraits. An empowering use of the body as a medium, Lee’s work stands in contrast to Yves Klein’s famous 1960s work Anthropometries, in which the artist used nude females as “human paintbrushes” while he stood fully clothed. Lee’s work reveals a sense of vulnerability without sexual objectification.

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