I came across the work of this weeks Artist Spotlight Series feature on Instagram. Adehla immediately captured my attention with her pretty pastels and cotton candy colors with bold graphic imagery. I always break for a skull. The art is so clearly influenced by her Eastern heritage. I am smitten!
Brooklyn, New York
What is your training?
I did my MFA at the School of Visual Arts in NYC from 2009 to 2011. Before that I lived in South Korea.
What inspires you and your designs?
My inspiration is “Life and Death” in a spiritual way and “Color vibration” in a visual way.
My work is combination of both.
What is your favorite piece?
Since I do painting and installation, I picked one of each.
-Back to Heaven / 30″ x 24″ / Acrylic on Canvas / 2014
This painting is for my beloved grandmother who passed away about 3 months ago near last Thanksgiving.
Since I love her so much, this painting means a lot to me.
-Happy Monster / 260.0″ x 133.0″ x 12.0″ / Mixed Materials / 2012
Wall installation made by pompoms. I love pompoms!!!
How has the your area influenced your work?
I live in Brooklyn in NYC. NYC and Brooklyn both motivate me as an artist since there are a lot of fellow artists, museums, galleries, art related events. Always great art is hanging here.
I was born in South Korea and moved here 5 and six months ago. That was one of the best decisions that I made in my life.
What is your favorite restaurant in New york?
Vietnam Restaurant Saigon Shack. 114 Macdougal St in Manhattan.
If you try any kind of their food you will understand me. I can eat there everyday.
My favorite is the vegetarian pho.
What is your favorite cocktail?
I don’t know anything about cocktail drinks.
How do you balance personal life and work?
Actually, I am terrible at this. What I am really trying is not get too much stress about this.
Art is biggest part of my life so I gave up some part of my personal life.
I want to stay in some tropical island that has a great restaurant and a coffee shop.
And basically do nothing except for swimming and hiking sometimes for few months.
I will love to get any kind of a commission from an amusement park.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
Who is your style icon?
Anna Wintour. She is so spicy cool.
Your favorite up and coming artist?
I saw his show last fall at Mary Boone’s gallery in Chelsea in NYC. It was just amazingly pleasant and entertaining.
What is your most treasured possession?
My mom gave it to me when she was getting a new Camera. She is a photographer.
What are you reading?
I need to start a new book. Last book I finished was “Bling Ring”.
Entertaining story based on real life teenagers stealing their wannabe celebrities property.
Very easy, fun, and entertaining book.
What are you listening to?
Japanese movie “Paprika” original sound track.
K-POP idol group BIG BANG.
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
it’s actually an online fashion shop/blog. Her offline shop is in Manhattan.
Miss Hoe is one of my favorite fashion designers. When I have an art opening, I check her blog and shop
to get some ideas for the opening outfit.
Get to know the fabulous work of Adehla Lee
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