They are surreal. Yes. Because they come from the dreams of this interesting Taiwanese artist – Ligin Lee. And those dreams reflect her feelings, her emotions, her subjective experience of life. For a picture, she uses several photos of her own and blends them with multiple manipulation/montage techniques to achieve what she has in mind. The result is something out of this world. Strangely, it still has a touch of minimalism.
Life is more beautiful when it is a dream. It is actually a dream for Ligin Lee, through her imaginative eyes. We can say so when we see some other artists’ works. But they are often so dark like our bad dreams, our nightmares while Ligin’s pictures are positive, beautiful and heart-warming.
Ligin Lee was born in Taiwan in Miaoli County, near the sea. At the age of four, she moved with her parents to Taipei. In her youth, she was influenced by Western art and trained in the printing industry. In her art, she always longed for the pure, beautiful At the age of 55, after graduating from the Institute of Visual Arts of Taipei City University, she created more works of art that take human life as the starting point. In her works, she showed the meaning of life, the reality unseen and undermined by the normal eyes. She created new visual concepts that wander between self-expression and the subconscious. During her creative process, she talks to herself and finds that the creation of her art is a reaction to her current emotions. Sometimes singing, sometimes reciting, sometimes examining, a window of the soul seems to open unconsciously. “On the one hand we create, on the other hand, we dismantle ourselves and then remodel. It’s like a journey, but also a way forward.”