Yona Lee

DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY

YONA LEE

CURRENT: Succession

Yona wields steel pipes that enhances the natural architecture of an exhibition space. As a material, metal is conventionally used as a supporting material in the public sphere and is regarded as cold and industrial. However, the way Yona handles metal brings out the material’s feminine qualities which are emotional and light.  In her work, she also incorporates elements from urban and domestic spaces to challenge the audience’s expectations of the public gallery space. Through utilising these elements, people would feel a sense of familiarity to the work yet there is a strangeness which invites the viewer. Yona wants people to encounter her work where they do not expect to see it and that is where art functions in a fresh way.

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