by Ariadna Zierold
Based in San Francisco, So Youn Lee identifies as a fresh contemporary artist best recognized for her vibrant & youthful original paintings reflecting varying themes surrounding innocence. Influenced through iconic 90s asian culture such as comics & animation, Lee hopes to express both an echo of her childhood and the yearning for an innocent utopian future.
“Mochi refers to one of my favorite snacks when I was young. It is a rice cake filled with red bean paste. I called my characters in my black and white work ‘Mochi’. They look very much like rice cake, soft and chewy. Mango is a fruit as you know, and I call my characters ‘Mango’ in my colored works. I got inspired by its color, texture and taste. When I first started to draw my new character, it looked so weird to me, but senselessly cute. It reminds me of my very first encounter with the taste and textures of a Mango. The texture was so foreign but so delicious at the same time. Now you know that I relate everything with food.” – So Youn Lee