Seohye Lee

Education

Foundation in Pratt Institute 2009-2010
BA Illustration & Animation in Kingston University 2012-2015
MA Visual Communication in Royal College of Art 2015-

Exhibitions

Kingston University Degree Show 9-14.6.2015 Embassy Tea Gallery London
Other 17-19.3.2016 Darwin Building Royal College of Art London
Day for Night 13.4.2016 Hockney Gallery Royal College of Art London
RE:ALL 29-30.4.2016 Call & Response Gallery London

Contact

seohye.lee@network.rca.ac.uk
www.instagram.com/seohyel






"I wanted to show how I 'felt' the sound through drawing"

Sphere of Sound
2016-2017

I started visualising the sounds I’ve heard and listing the name of the sounds I drew inside this sound diary since October 2016. I wanted to create my own language of sound visualisation and explore what kind of sounds I find myself usually surrounded by. It also made me more aware of the sounds I hear with my cochlear implant. I wanted to show how I ‘felt’ the sound through drawing and enlisting the sounds I’ve selected and ‘listened’ to. I wanted to show the difference between sounds I perceived by visualising what I’ve listened in the places I found myself in.



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  • Close up of sounds I heard

  • Close up of drawing

  • A page from Sphere of Sound







"Overlapped was one of the first projects that I combined visuals with sound"

Overlapped
2015


Overlapped was one of the first projects that I combined visuals with sound. I recorded the conversations I’ve had over one weekend and created the visualised languages of sound on the installation piece that was made up of a roll of printed tracing papers and an acrylic rolling paper stand. When the sound was being played in the background, the audience interacted with the piece by pulling out the paper and attempting to find the particular sound wave that belonged to the series of recorded sounds.




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  • Paper rolled down

  • Paper rolled up







"5 years worth of online conversations I’ve had with my best friend who lives in New York"

Invisible Conversations
2015


This project consisted of 5 years worth of online conversations I’ve had with my best friend who lives in New York. I wanted to create a piece that best represented my daily routine with technology, specifically by means of talking to her through instant messages since she lives in a different country. The papers were printed with the online conversations that my best friend and I have had over the course of 5 years since I moved away from New York.




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  • Close-up

  • Invisible Conversations







"Exploring the 'unperceived existence of sound' which is from my own experience with missing sense of hearing direction due to hearing loss"

Did You Just Hear That
2016


It was a project that I initiated at Royal College of Art. It started with the idea of going on a scavenger hunt for sound. In the first test, I used portable speakers and unused mobile phones to create a spatial sonic experience. With the 13.1 speaker system, I was able to create the proper experience along with the instruction voice coming out from the speakers at eye level. There are 3 different tracks that were played; there were human made sounds, machinery sounds and nature sounds. I had the audience try to find the particular sound mentioned in the instruction. The audience had to sit/stand up in the dark and experience the sound without any visual hints.
The starting point for this project was my own experience regarding hearing loss. Whenever friends call my name, I would have no idea where they are calling my name from as I cannot detect the origin of the sound. I wanted the audience to experience the confusion of not being able to find where the sound is coming from.




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Sound installation


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  • Speakers located in ceiling inside the gallery

  • Name of work shown on screen inside the gallery

  • People listening to sound works at Call & Response Gallery

  • People listening to sound works at Call & Response Gallery

  • Initial sketch for Did You Just Hear That set up







"Repurpose the dead media"

I to have fought the fight kept the faith and am ready to be offered up
2015


Live Performance of projecting self-painted images and typing on the typewriter in ground floor of Stevens Building at Royal College of Art.




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Jaione Cerrato
Live Performance + Installation


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  • During the live performance

  • Close up of projection during the live performance

  • Typewriter used during the performance

  • self-painted film

  • Typed during the live performance







"The goal was to communicate without speaking"

It's All About Balance
2015


This was a performance project I showcased in 2015. It was performed by a real-life couple who attempted to balance the seesaw with only the use of paper cups. This was my way of representing what communication meant as the seesaw paralleled the direct relationship between the two people on both ends of the seesaw. Without any words, the real-life couple interacted with each other by placing the cups on or away from their ends of the seesaw to see whether it teetered or maintained balance.




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Live Performance
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  • It's All About Balance

  • Real Couple performing It's All About Balance

  • Close-up

  • Close-up

  • Close-up of cups used for performance








"What is silence? Silence can be defined in different ways whether it is abstract, poetic or something void of sound existence"

Definition of Silence I+II
2017


What is silence? Silence can be defined in different ways whether it is abstract, poetic or something void of sound existence. I am in the process of exploring the notion of silence by interviewing people and re-telling the story regarding my hearing loss.
For the Work in Progress show, I’ve showed two moving images called Definition of Silence I and II along with the empty sketchbook for people to write in their own definition of silence. The first video started off with a series of interviews with people whom I’ve asked for their own definitions of silence. The second one was a hand drawn animation of me re-telling the story of the hearing chambers I’ve visited since I was little.




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  • Still from Definition of Silence I

  • Still from Definition of Silence II

  • Still from Definition of Silence I

  • Still from Definition of Silence II







"Look at what happened to us"

Cyring River
2016


This was an illustration I created during my 2nd year in the Royal College of Art. Whenever I draw something, I get inspired by stories I’ve heard from friends or by my own experiences regarding relationships. I like to invoke emotions and draw them in metaphorical images.




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  • Crying River







"I like to collect words that I hear which inspire me to create stories"

My Little yellow note book
2012-


I like to collect everything that appeals to me. Not just visuals, but I also like to collect words that I hear which inspire me to create stories. I like to gather paper ephemerae such as interesting images from magazines, pamphlets and tickets. I turn these pieces of those into collages inside my yellow collage book. It's still on going project.




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Collage Book


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  • Page from My Little Yellow Notebook

  • Page from My Little Yellow Notebook

  • Page from My Little Yellow Notebook

  • Page from My Little Yellow Notebook

  • Page from My Little Yellow Notebook







"Exploring the risograph and illustration on foldout paper"

The Space Between
2016-


The title itself was from the poetry book given by a friend. The book was called ‘Desire, Imagination and the Space Between’. The drawings I did represented the ‘different realms’ of the world (which is the Space Between) filled with characters wearing animal masks. Within the metaphorical space divided by the three different panels, I tried to show the narrative story inside using a particular couple whose identity was concealed by animal masks.
When I draw illustrations, I tend to get inspired by my own experiences or by the stories I’ve heard from people around me. I like to work with metaphors and symbolic representations in drawings.




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Risograph


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  • Front Cover

  • 1st part of narration

  • 2nd part of narration

  • 3rd part of narration

  • Back Cover






"We were constantly told by our mothers and family members that we have to behave in a certain way, we wanted to destroy the assumptions"

The Rite
2016

It was a collaborative work with Jaione Cerrato from Royal College of Art. Our experiences as women and the taboos that came along with being one were translated into the moving image video of a woman putting on make-up. Because we were constantly told by our mothers and family members that we have to behave in a certain way, we wanted to destroy the assumptions made by viewers by playing around with expectations towards women and dismantling them by showing an unexpected outcome.



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Jaione Cerrato
Moving Image


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  • The scene from The Rite

  • The scene from The Rite

  • The scene from The Rite

  • Close-up

  • The scene from The Rite

  • The scene from The Rite

  • The scene from The Rite

  • Ending Credit







"What is real? Is it something we see or is it something we believe to see? Is seeing what we only want to see considered a lie?"

Two Sides
2016


This was a photography project I made in the Royal College of Art. I wanted the audience to question their decision with seeing what they only want to see against what really happened behind the scenes. What is real? Is it something we see or is it something we believe to see? Is seeing what we only want to see considered a lie? These two images showed the behind the scenes of an actual event happening and the ‘fabricated’ event happening next to each other. Just like these photos, it’s up to the people to choose to believe what they see or to see what exactly happened behind what they are seeing.




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Photography


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  • Did it really happen?

  • Behind Scene