Moon and a Star, 2021, Hand-Embellished, Signed, and Numbered Limited Edition Print
Born in Seoul and based in New York, Sarah Lee regards her paintings and works on paper as stages for storytelling. The artist blends pigments with one another to create otherworldly and effervescent landscapes that border on the abstract. A recipient of both a MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lee has exhibited work internationally at venues such as ATM Gallery, New York; Galerie Hussenot, Paris; Artnutri Gallery, Taipei; The Mission Project, Chicago; and Gallery Won, Seoul; among others.
Moon and a Star depicts a nocturnal forest scene illuminated by a full, bright moon. Bathed in blue and purple hues, the trees cast shadows across a curvilinear ground that glows against the mysterious darkness. A star hangs oddly off a blushed tree branch as though it were a Christmas tree ornament, inviting viewers to speculate on what might have occurred within this imagined world. For the series, Lee has hand-embellished all of prints with soft pastel and colored pencils, to further accentuate certain details such as the titular moon and star.
Of this initiative to benefit NAMI, the artist notes, “It is important to donate to NAMI, because my art practice is closely related to mental health issues. Since I was young, I’ve tended to enjoy and look forward to dark stormy days. I kept it as a secret because I didn’t want to be seen as a creepy person. One night, I realized that ‘bad’ weather makes me feel safe and protected. It reminded me that the world is made up of forces bigger than me, and that the troubles that cause me anxiety are relatively small. It was a moment of relief that I’d never forget.”
Of the total net proceeds from sales of this print, 20% will benefit NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and, as with all ART FOR CHANGE initiatives, the artist receives 50%. Limit one print per customer.
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