Eunsil Lee explores humanity’s often duplicitous and contradictory attitudes in regards to desires that are marked as taboos in society through her art. In these works, Lee uses hanji, a Korean paper made from mulberry trees, a common material often used in traditional Asian art. She takes many sheets of the paper and thickly layers them together, then piles on mineral pigments onto the paper using a small brush.
The magnum opus of this exhibition Desire, depicts a landscape with a tiger with his genitals flushed and a bleeding deer who is looking at the tiger. This image shows the hypocritical social construct within sexuality of the stronger and the weaker figure. Also, Lee has placed the architecture of the Korean house in the composition in between the scene and the viewer, thereby separating the viewer in order that their perspective would be one of voyeurism.
This exhibition signals the continuation of DOOSAN Gallery New York’s commitment to introducing Korean contemporary painting to the United States audience, affording viewers here the opportunity to consider and think about its potentiality within the realm of contemporary art.