Segmentation: Glass Sculptures by Jiyong Lee
Colorful geometric glass sculptures inspired by his fascination with cell division. The simplicity and intricacy of Lee’s compositions represent the contradictory relationship between clarity and complexity found within life. As the viewer moves around his objects, the play of light transforms the sculpture into startling new forms.
The segmentation series is inspired by my fascination with science of cell, its division and the journey of growth that starts from a single cell and goes through a million divisions to become a life. I work with glass that has transparency and translucency, two qualities that serve as perfect metaphors for what is known and unknown about life science. The segmented, geometrical forms of my work represent cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures—each symbolizing the building blocks of life as well as the starting point of life. The uniquely refined translucent glass surfaces suggest the mysterious qualities of cells and, on a larger scale, the cloudiness of their futures. The Segmentation series is subtle and quiet yet structurally complex. I transforms solid glass using cutting, lamination, carving, and surface refining processes to make art that is both beautiful and deeply invested with meaning.