Never Stop It

Never Stop It, acrylic paint, colored pencils, digital painting, 24" x 24", 2012

About the artist:

Sodam Lee is a printmaker and digital artist.  In her artwork she focuses on combining, layering, and comparing different lifestyles in compositional spaces.  Her art is symbolic, narrative, and abstract.

Sodam graduated earlier this month with an MFA in Integrated Visual Art from Iowa State University.  She earned a BFA in fiber art and graduated summa cum laude from Kyungwon University in South Korea.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015 Sodam was selected to participate in the Large Format Printmaking and Residency Project in Venice, Italy for her unique, large-scale relief prints.

Sodam was awarded "Best of Show" in the Emerging Iowa Artists program at the Des Moines Arts Festival in 2013 and 2014.  Recently, she received a Purchase Award from the Gallery in the Memorial Union at Iowa State.  Her artwork was also selected for the international, juried show, Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta 2014 in Kowloon, HongKong, and the 34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition at Bradley University in Peola, Illinois.

About the artist's work:

"The purpose of my artwork is to give insight into different human experiences, such as psychological and material richness and poverty.  I have come to realize that what really makes human beings rich is not only material possessions, but also one's cultural environment, intelligence, and spirituality.

Having grown up in South Korea, I am particularly interested in comparing life there with my life in the United States.

In 2013, I reached an artistic turning point while participating in the Venice Large Format Printmaking and Residency Project in Venice, Italy.  This residency in the 'City of Art' provided me with the opportunity to explore yet another lifestyle and cultural heritage, as well as different principles.  Since then, I have expanded the cultural comparisons in my art beyond just South Korea and the United States.   

In general, I believe it is difficult for people to see beyond their experiences and the boundaries of life.  Through my artwork, I want people to realize that one united world can contain vastly different environments and circumstances.  My art also attempts to remind people about the value of human life and the importance of caring for others who struggle with hardship in a wide range of environments around the world."

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on May 21, 2015

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