Sundial / 1:32 minutes
Artist name: Minjoo Lee
Sundial is a video installation in which the silhouette of my body moves slowly along with time. I am interested in what makes us suitable members in society. Since I was a fine art major, I became jobless right after graduation. Despite my struggles to keep making art, I physically live in the United States, but officially am invisible since art doesn’t generate social status or legitimate income. I cannot help staying still where I am now, spending time just like a sundial. During my 5 years living in New York. I realized that there are so many invisible people here, for example, illegal immigrants who stay in marginal areas in society, living their life by an airy promise of future. Sundial is a metaphorical way to express my empathy towards those invisible people who can do nothing but just live time.
artist based in New York
I am interested in the movement that everything alive makes from moment to moment. Although a single captured moment can be full of hidden meaning to us, movement adds a sense of strong vitality and shows tenacious hold on life. Whether the subject is ceaselessly moving nature or intricately entangled city scenes, moving things always keep my eyes open. When we look at something alive, it constantly becomes something else. What we are looking at is not what it was any more and what we are going to look at is always what is not happening yet. Only the “movement” itself is the most present.