Seong-Gu Lee is a South Korean Sculptor who is influenced by the human form. Upon reflecting on his work Seong-Gu states "It is not that human beings themselves have changed but that the surrounding environment and cultural elements have significantly changed…whether ancient man or modern man, I don't think their basic desires or inner worlds are much different." His sculptures aim to question life, existence, and the unattainable goal of the artist to obtain immortality.
Seong-Gu developed his practice through studying a B.F.A in Sculpture at the University of Seoul, furthering this with an M.F.A in Sculpture, University of Seoul, Korea. He has exhibited his work throughout South Korea including 'Antithesis', GANAINSA ART CENTER in Seoul.
Lee's sculptures contain layers upon layers of interpretation. Every element of his work has deep significance, right down to the metallic materials they are composed of. The artist explains his reason for working with particular elements, revealing a dark side to his work: "Metals have higher heat resistance than other materials when they are heated. However, once it begins to cool, it cools quite fast and becomes cold as if it had never been hot. I believe this isn't much different from the emotional cycles of human beings.”
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