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The Disturbing Tiny Sculptures of Dongwook Lee

The sculptural work of Korean artist Dongwook Lee is disturbing yet curious on multiple levels.  Lee most often sculpts the nude human body.  However, it's executed with a certain grotesqueness and on a small scale.  The sculptures' diminutive size encourages viewers to look at the bodies as things or objects, as if they were insects.  However, this stands in contrast to a natural empathy we have with the human form we share that lends the art a distressing atmosphere.  Lee's work identifies and exploits a general uneasiness many have with the physical body, the carnal, and the fleshly - a hyper-awareness of the body and its delicate nature.

The sculptural work of Korean artist Dongwook Lee is disturbing yet curious on multiple levels.  Lee most often sculpts the nude human body.  However, it’s executed with a certain grotesqueness and on a small scale.  The sculptures’ diminutive size encourages viewers to look at the bodies as things or objects, as if they were insects.  However, this stands in contrast to a natural empathy we have with the human form we share that lends the art a distressing atmosphere.  Lee’s work identifies and exploits a general uneasiness many have with the physical body, the carnal, and the fleshly – a hyper-awareness of the body and its delicate nature.

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