Grace Jihyeon Lee (b. 1999) is an artist who was born in South Korea and raised in Japan and the United States. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020. Also, her paintings are owned by Johns Hopkins Hospital Remington as permanent collections. She has exhibited her painting in Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. as well.
My artworks grow out of a desire to comfort others who have experienced similar forms of trauma and sadness. Through my peaceful color palette and expansive compositions, I seek to offer an aesthetic space for comfort and empathy in which the viewer can resolve their own challenges. All of my artworks are made for the purpose of psychological therapy. I believe that the ways of comforting people are
varied: giving a solution for issues, giving a warm hug, or sincerely empathizing with their sorrows. By revealing my mental and physical illness that I had in the past, I want to understand, comfort, and share one’s sorrow with those who have experienced the same circumstances. When people are depressed, they have a tendency to find people who are similar to support each other. I like to address these without literal symbols and I prefer very subtle choices of colors and images. Creating an image that could heal
and comfort people is my task in a study of art. As a painter and performer, I most value the interaction between the artwork, the audience, and my work. If I could heal people through my artwork, that is the ultimate reward for creating art.