Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the horizon’ 잊혀진 지평선으로 떠납니다

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Images by Lee Ji Sun


Surfaces(Digital photography, 2009. Dijon) – LEE Ji Sun(Image source : LEE Ji Sun)

The rainbow whose starting and ending poles are hidden draws a stroke of light over the grey sky. Smooth curves cross the sky constantly towards a point far away from the other side of the village. Fluffy clouds float above with erased outline, and square and pointy buildings full below with hanging wires. There stays a horizon in front of the regard, underlining and dividing the world up and down.

The sky and the ground, the gravity and the air, the horizon made of nature environments of our habitat lies down there, sometimes clear, sometimes faint, but always straight. It maintains the same distance with me in approaching or moving back to make me only to contemplate it by far.


i : gone (Video excerpt, 2011) – LEE Ji Sun(Image source :LEE Ji Sun)

One bright spot that has moved from bottom to top across the centering horizon lights the day, then dives back to the bottom when the time comes to fall asleep. The world turns and turns in a circle dance, so a day becomes a night, then another morning, seasons change, new things are born similar to those which disappear. Along the center position of the rotary horizontal line, a number of vertical lines are drawn, moving busily up and down, getting taller and shorter, inclined and broken, or rising towards the sky and sinking into the ground.


Le Petit Prince (illustation of the author, 1943) – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry(Image source : blog.crdp-versailles.fr)

Among all different strokes, my body faces my own horizon. The point which meets my foot on the horizon is the destination of past paths where I just walked, and the departure point of my future steps at the same time. I sometimes accelerate the speed of a train running after the horizon, sometimes stop to watch it like a tree.


Megane (“Glasses” Film excerpt, 2007) – Naoko Ogigami(Image source : LEE Ji Sun)

Buildings getting higher put a comma on the straight line, white fog full of heavy air and dust blurs the stroke. The same day, at the spot where another sky meets another see, the horizontal line as clear as the bright weather holds the eyes of passengers and pulls out their memory and imagination.

There finds also a horizon in a painted and photographed image or in a moving video which contains an aspect of the world. It may be drawn strongly or be hidden behind other main characters. The line respecting the natural math of life represents the artist’s view, reflects the era and rolls out the story.


Interstellar (Film excerpt, 2014) – Christopher Nolan(Image source : theverge.com)

I turn around from the place where I was facing. The horizon stays still backwards as well. The landscapes I’ve just passed became the background, and the steps I’ve left draw another curved line behind. This moment, I point the present in the center of the horizon stretching out from the past where I started towards the future which still keeps the same distance with my body. Then I turn back around to the place where I now am facing, and walk along the way to the horizon.



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. http://artleejisun.com/

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

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