Saturday, July 18, 2009

KiptonART Featured Artist: Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee, Still Life With Cottonballs

Featured artist Joyce Lee was born in 1980 and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. From there, Lee has worked commercially for publications such as Surface, Nylon, Wallpaper and Domino and was selected to participate in the 19th Annual Fashion and Art Festival in Hyères, a photography exhibition and competition in the South of France. She was recently commissioned by Hermès to shoot a still-life story for their World of Hermès magazine. Lee currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?
Irving Penn's still life images have always had a huge impact on my work. He was very influential in showing that still life is anything but boring. The attention to the smallest detail and the simplicity of his compositions are always what I strive for in my work.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
The first thing that comes to mind is how it all miraculously came together.

Why did you choose this medium?
I love photography because it is a very honest medium. With digital technology, this isn't always the case anymore. My objective with being a photographer is to always make a truthful image, through light, color and composition.

What is one of your favorite past exhibitions?
I really enjoyed the Pictures Generation exhibit (on display currently at the Met). It features the work of Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and John Baldessari all of whom I studied and admired immensely when I first became interested in photography and art history.

Do you collect anything?
I collect all things vintage mainly from the 1950's and 60's: magazines, furniture, cameras, costume jewelry - many of which you will see pop up in my images. I recently found these Bakelite toothbrushes in mint condition at a flea market in Paris, which I absolutely love.

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