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LEE Jung Sook (이정숙) Artist Biography

Artist Statement


In a quiet evening at my workroom, I close my eyes for a moment in front of the embroidery frame. I can feel the warmth of threads and cloth with my fingertips. It comes to me as the power of nature and life, a breadth of water meandering under my feet, the gentle scent of lotus coming out of nowhere, the tailing of carps jumping up vigorously and the scent of heaven’s peach that would overflow my mouth if I take a bite. My heart towards embroidery is merged into the intention point of my life. In the hardscrabble, nervous and exhausted everyday life, embroidery leads me by becoming a breadth of nature itself, and I live my life in a corner of my room while breathing together with the clothes and props of the people whom I love, as well as the wisdom of my ancestors. The words of Buddha, saying that even a rough plant on the roadside has a valuable life, are drawing attention as they became a beautiful honeysuckle in my cloth– wrapper, and the overwhelming impression I received some day on a trip is breathing on the wall as it turned into a fresh bamboo groove.  The joy of creation that I feel whenever I hold my needle to make one motif into an artistic work, and the numb hands and physical suffering make me understand the humbleness for life, by making me realize the fact that I am alive, and have a penance that would throw away my body and burn it, respectively.  It was my mother who used to be the source of strength that raised me up whenever I had a hard time. I want to live my life while remembering my mother's pure passion and the lessons learned from her, who refused to lose her knots even until she passed away and had a passion and affection for our embroidery.


Eight Tresaure Patterns 2017 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 98×96cm


Bamboo–forest  Sage Partition 2015 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 110×130cm


Pheasant Royal Wedding Dress 2014 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 170x250cm

Lifetime folding screen 2014 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 38×180×8cm


Lifetime folding screen 2014 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 38×180×8cm (part of)


Text–folding screen 2013 silk, silk–thread (hand embroidery) 40×125×8cm


Text–folding screen 2013 silk, silk–thread (hand embroidery) 40×125×8cm (part of)


Plum–blossoms folding screen 2012 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 38×120×8cm


Court Robe of Princess Bokon, Hwarot (Royal Bridal Gown) 2011 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 240×130cm


Ojokwon Yongbo_Spun–gold 2009 Silk, spun gold (hand embroidery) 40x40cm


Lotus Flower Carp moigae 2009 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 12×30cm


Geumgwanjobog husu 2009 silk. silk–thread (hand embroidery) 110x110cm


Artist Biography


Born 1955 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Currently lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Lotte Hotel Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013 KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2012 KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011 KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2010 KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2009 Tongin Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Invited exhibition, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

2019 Invited exhibition, Izmit, Turkey

2019 Invited exhibition, Paris City Hall Gallery, Paris, France

2019 Invited exhibition, Miró Hall, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

2019 Art Capital, Paris Grand Palais, Paris, France

2018 Invited exhibition, Hendrik Hamel Museum, Gorinchem, Netherlands

2018 Invited exhibition, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany

2018 Art Capital, Paris Grand Palais, Paris, France

2017 23rd European Patchwork Meeting, “Hands of Korea” Invited exhibition, International Bojagi Forum, Sainte–Marie–Aux–Mines, Alsace, France

2017 Invited exhibition, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

2017 23rd International Heritage Fair, Carrousel du louvre in Louvre, Museum Paris Les Salon Des Independants, Paris Grand Palais, Paris, France

2017 Invited exhibition, Lyon Arts Center, Lyon, France

2017 Invited exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2016 Invited exhibition, Izmit, Turkey

2016 22nd International Heritage Fair, Carrousel du louvre in Louvre, Museum, Paris Les Salon Des Independants, Paris Grand Palais, Paris, France

2016 Invited artist at International Bojagi Forum, Suwon Park Museum of Art (SIMA), Suwon, Korea

2016 Invited exhibition, Lyon Arts Center, Lyon, France

2016 Special invited exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Yonago, Japan

2016 Invited exhibition, Osaka Korean Cultural Center, Osaka, Japan

2016 Invited artist, Seoul Hanok Expo, Seoul, Korea

2015 21st International Heritage Fair, Carrousel du louvre (Louvre Museum), Paris, France

2015 Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Yonago, Japan

2015 Exhibition, Osaka, Japan

2015 Culture Week International Art Exhibition (Co–hosted by Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture and Lebap Province Administration), Turkmenistan

2015 “Hands of Korea”, Lena Constante Gallery and Foyer, the National Village Museum Dimitrie Gusti, Bucharest, Romania

2015 “2015 International Joomchi and Beyond: Traditional & Transformational", New Bedford Art Museum Massachusetts, USA

2015 “Hands of Korea”, Hand Made Gallery, Miami International Airport, Mianmi

2014 20th International Heritage Fair, Carrousel du louvre in Louvre Museum, Paris, France

2014 ‘黃龍嘉緣 福比陶朱’ Invited exhibition by Korean Embassy in Tokyo,  Japan, Korean Cultural Center Gallery Mi, Tokyo, Japan

2014 ‘黃龍嘉緣 福比陶朱’ Invited exhibition to celebrate the success of Incheon Asian Games, Sponsored by IFEZ, IFEZ G Tower Lobby, Incheon, Korea

2014 Korea Traditional Craft FESTA Invited Exhibition, KEPCO Art  Center Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2013 ‘黃龍嘉緣’ Special exhibition, Incheon Metropolitan City Lifelong, Learning Center, Incheon, Korea

2013 ‘黃龍嘉緣’ Invited exhibition, Hakodate Cultural Foundation, Hokkaido, Japan

2013 Invited exhibition, Seoul International Buddhism Expo & Buddha Art  Fair, SETEC, Seoul, Korea

2012 Invited special exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Korea

2012 Group exhibition for grand union and hope of Korean artists, KOREA  ART FESTA Danwon Art Museum, Kyeongki, Korea


Awards and Residencies

2014  Received commendation as Great Artisan (Embroidery) by International  Andre Malraux Association, France

2014 Work selected by President Park Geun–hye as the gift for Pope Francis 2014  International Bojagi Forum, Jeju Artist Village

2014 Received Grand Prize at the 4th Korea Mugunghwa Art Contest, Korea Grand Prize of Korean Art and Culture Association)

2014 Received Grand Prize at the Lands, Oceans and Environment Art Festival, Minister of Environment

2013 Received Grand Prize at the Korea Traditional Craft Competition

2013 Received Grand Prize at the Korea Craft Competition 2014

2011-13 Selected at the 26th and the 27th National Buddhist Art Contest


Public Collections

Jo Ggye Jong Suducksa, Sun Art Museum, Korea

JoGyeJong Bulgwangsa, Korea

JoGyeJong Bumusa, Korea

Korea Traditional Craft Association, Korea

Vatican Museum, Rome

KEPCO Art Center Gallery, Seoul


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