On the Brink, 2014-15

“Men are only a vapor; exalted men, an illusion. Weighed in the scales, they go up, together they are less than a vapor.” – Holman CSB scripture. 

On the Brink is a body of installation work illustrating the precarious fragility of material culture and consumerism abstracted from familiar banal environments that warn about falling out of balance.

Arlington Arts Center blog, “Fall SOLOS: Meet the Artists, Part 1: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee,” October 6, 2014 

Water Wisdom: Miracle Workers focuses on the potency/impotency of advertising. Ambitious and elusive promises of beauty, comfort, and convenience swirl away, pointing to the relentlessness of text-based media today and questioning its impact in a disposable consumer culture.

In Uneasy Peace: Mr. Technology is Your Friend, translucent white words hover quietly in the corner like a virtual cloud, laden with timely news that crowds our mental space. Current social, political, and economic headlines are hand-cut and animated from newspapers and industry journals. A play on print versus virtual media, this work inundates viewers’ physical space with ever-present, accessible and seemingly important information.

A cylindrical screen suspended from the ceiling serves as a projection surface in the namesake work of the series, On the Brink. An animated storm tosses around the residue of everyday life: cell phones, laptops, pets, jewelry, cars and beer bottles, which float and swirl around and above viewers.