Lee Ji Sun’s art life of research, ‘About the animation’ 애니메이션에 관하여

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Images by Lee Ji Sun


Balance(video excerpt, 1989) – Lauwenstein brothers(image source : slateplanner.com)

Pictures drawn on the surface of a paper sheet remain the same, spending time with other living things. And they start to move and the movement makes them feel alive. A piece of image composes certain stories by its well organized formula and abundant symbols, but stays in a plane of frozen time. To capture the endless stories that someone or no one knows, people express themselves in a variety of ways. Such represented and recorded words and images have their own shapes and also their own time and space.


Invisible Mending(video excerpt, 2003) – William Kentridge(image source : tabletmag.com)

Dots of light pointed on the film make a move passing quickly through the projector. Successive frames delude human eyes to make a fluid movement which allows the still image attached to the paper plane to get off and dance on the scene. Each frame of images is drawn and painted one by one to be a part of time-based media. It appears only in an instant moment in front of the eyes and passes away to leave the scene for the next one which resembles it so much. In a short duration of one second, twenties of fixed images ride in one direction at a regular rhythm and create a moving scene.


L’homme sans ombre(animation film excerpt, 2004) – Georges Schwizgebel(image source : centreimages.fr)

Animation is the word meaning itself ‘to give life’ which actually blows a fictional character into life within the video. In the world of animation, everything is created to be presented alive such as shiny hair or crystal eyes of the characters, pleasant spring wind caressing the grass where the main character walks, various rain drops making light sounds of scary background, and even silent clouds hanging in the sky. All moving elements catch the eyes of spectators with their color spectrum resemble that of the nature, and play a visual music with the most simple dots and lines. Unreal and unrealizable scenes become possible on the spatial and temporal stage of creation in animation.


Drawing for video i : move on (pen on paper, 2011) – LEE Ji Sun(image source : LEE Ji Sun)

As much various as forms of imagination and of thoughts, it exists multiple ways of their representation. And their exploration of sensitive effects goes further in parallel with the technical development. While the animation series tell little stories based on songs and dances of friendly characters which make smiles and laughs on children’s faces, abstract animation works visualize the consciousness and unconsciousness by different experiments questioning our times and spaces.

Departed from the nothingness and created little by little with audiovisual movements, the animation has itself a direction from the beginning to the end in its own duration where its own story is told regardless of any storytelling. Without visible storylines full of external conflicts and reconciliations, the life is drawn and animated with mutable shapes and colors inside the frame and its existence gets alive in front of its spectators.


Drawings for video i:gone (pen on paper, 2010) – LEE Ji Sun(image source : LEE Ji Sun)

Moving endlessly while alive, the beings are used to seeing and feeling the movements guided by the natural cycle. In the calm sky where only deep blue is spread widely, a bird flies out breaking the silence, then a tree standing nearby drops its fruit onto the ground. Even asleep, eyes keep moving to watch the dreamy scenes of imagination. Representing certain existences or creating in the void, animation makes the scenes of life through its technical mechanism and artistic possibilities.



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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