An artist Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the rain’

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Barbara & Chambéry(Chambéry, 2008) – LEE Ji Sun

Photos by Lee Ji Sun(original copyright marked on each image by caption) 

Running into the rocks and tickling little fishes, the murmuring brook flows. Birds come rest and a squirrel stops to quench its thirst, or a traveler fills up his/her bottle nearby the pond water of a lake.
Water drops, fallen or gathered in the mass, slowly join the movement of the air and rise up to the sky. They release their hands for a moment to fly higher and hold them back once arriving at the certain altitude. After floating together with white clouds hanging in the sky, they fall back here, to the ground, on a little puppy’s nose, into the fragrant petals.


Maison Éphémère(ink on paper, 2012) – LEE Ji Sun

I appreciate the rain. A sudden shower which cools the boiling ground of hot summer, a crumbling drizzle which makes me hesitate to hold up an umbrella, a storm which tries to throw everything far in every direction, and a soft rain at late but white night which sounds like a dim singing.
It may bother while falling, I may look like a drowned rat, the rain – like a fresh shower of the morning – rinses off the dirt and washes away the growing wound.


My Neighbor Totoro (Film, 1988) – Hayao Miyazaki(image source :

The rain colors the sky in grey, blurs the landscape and wets the skin. While it falls in front and behind, all visible things get dim and indistinct, also their vibrant light and saturated color lose the brightness.
Unfamiliar scent of the rain passes by the street that the joints feel first in the body. Insects move and farmers hurry. The fall of tiny water drops precipitates the earlier activities, stops the movement and gives a rest.
Rainy scene often used to create a melancholic and depressed atmosphere in cinema or literature also warms our heart with a smiling woman and children singing in the rain, and calls back the nostalgia.


Then(video, 2012) – LEE Ji Sun

A mist, where stays the water neither dropped down nor lifted higher, veils the eyes and puts certain memories of past rainy days. Trees keep the silence standing side by side in the dense mist, whether only bony branches remain or abundant leaves come out.
When everyone hears the quietest breath of the air, little by little and one after another, birds start to sing again, flows keep tickle little fishes, and cars continue their way with fleeting wheels.


Rain Room Random Installation at Barbican Art Gallery(installation view, 2013) – image source : ©Felix-Clay

At last, heavy clouds stagger away and the sky soars higher. Once the tick tack of the clock spreads out as it always has, the light turns on in the misted vision and the grey brings out uncountable colors of the rainbow. Last rain fills several water jumps and leaves one or two drops on the cheek. It sinks underground to water the seeds of souvenirs or rises up to prepare to fall back one dry day and to evoke just passed moments.



SONY DSCContributor, Lee Ji Sun

Lee Ji Sun is a young Korean artist, who does activity in Paris, France. CultureM Magazine releases her art works images by drawing, writing, video, photograph in every month.

이지선은 프랑스 파리를 중심으로 유럽에서 활동하는 젊은 한국여성작가이다. 회화, 비디오, 사진, 글 등의 다양한 매체로 작품활동을 하고 있는 그녀의 이야기를 컬쳐엠이 소개한다.

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