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    Artist turns studio into surreal dreamscapes

    Korean artist JeeYoung Lee transformed a small studio into a living art space.

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    Fantasy meets reality -

    South Korean artist Jee Young Lee has turned her small studio into stunning works of art. In this beautiful nature-inspired work, "Sweet appetite," there’s color in abundance.

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    Reaching for the star -

    This precarious pose – a ladder surrounded by paper cups and glass marbles – represents the idea of going after your dreams.

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    Resurrection -

    This piece, “Resurrection,” includes a lotus flower, a common theme in Buddhist theology.

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    Childhood -

    Classic symbols like a rocking horse and pinwheels represent the sweetness and joy of childhood.

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    Birthday -

    This one was Lee’s birthday present to herself.

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    Broken heart -

    Here, Lee used broken eggs to symbolize her own broken heart.

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    Black birds -

    This is eerily reminiscent of the iconic Hitchcock film “The Birds.”

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    Food chain -

    In this piece, Lee expressed herself with painted sticks that looked like wires and revealed her belly to show she’s part of the process.

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    Flu -

    When Lee wasn’t feeling well, she turned it into a work of art called “Flu.”

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    Monsoon season -

    The boat theme is back again, but this time Lee is trying to escape from a monsoon.

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    Gamer -

    What could be more fun than a life-size Lego set to play with?

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    I'll be back -

    Based on a popular Korean folktale, this work depicts a person who is pulled into a trap but never loses hope of getting out.

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    Last supper -

    Eek! Don’t worry – those mice aren’t real. Neither is the cheese, unfortunately.

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    Maiden voyage -

    In this piece, Lee created a little boat out of paper.

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    My chemical romance -

    This piece was inspired by pipes and construction in Lee’s neighborhood – she felt like she was running an obstacle course when she went outside.

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    Neverending race -

    Here, Lee makes herself not just part of the art but part of the game.

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    Nightmare -

    What’s your worst nightmare? Here, Lee gives us a clue what hers might be.

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    Nightscape -

    And here’s the flip side – a room that looks like one of Lee’s dreams.

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    Treasure hunt -

    The artist reminds herself that you should never stop searching.

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    Oversleeping -

    In this piece, the artist warns of what could happen if you oversleep.

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    Panic room -

    This funhouse-style interior is dubbed "Panic Room," but the wild space could also be seen as playful.

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    This is not enough -

    Lee, who has been said to disappear into her work, took that concept and made it into a design.

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    Toxic boy -

    Layers of paint make the studio seem as if it is made of wood.

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    Raw -

    Lee takes herself out for a fancy dinner in this flower-inspired piece.

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    The best cure -

    It seems that the cure is … candy.

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    Little match girl -

    This creation, “The Little Match Girl,” was inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name.

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    Anxiety -

    Lee’s works sometimes represent abstract ideas or feelings. This one is “anxiety.” She gives the impression of anxiety through objects that appear to weigh a lot and tiny bubbles to represent thoughts.

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