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Jenny Lee Robinson’s 3-D Art of Korean Folklore and Mythical Creatures

Jenny Lee Robinson is an American-born mixed-race artist of Korean descent living and working in her mother’s hometown of Seoul, South Korea. While she was raised in the predominantly white suburbs of Minnesota, her parents made a strong effort to maintain a connection to the Korean language and culture. She found ways to engage in Korean communities while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art, and following graduation in 2011, she moved to South Korea. Later in Korea, she completed her MFA in Painting at Ewha Woman’s University 2017 through the NIIED Korea Global Scholarship program in 2017. She continues to live in Korea and creates work related to storytelling, folklore, migration, womanhood, and identity. Her art mediums include paper installation, printmaking, collage, and book arts, oftentimes using Korean traditional mulberry paper, Hanji.

Waterfall, Screenprint on Mulberry Paper, 55.5x37cm, 2021

Jenny Lee Robinson artwork deals with girlhood in transition, the awkward, uncomfortable and yet magical changes that happen in adolescence as a young girl’s identity takes shape. These themes are expressed through images and figures from myth and folktales, which include mermaids, harpies, and witches. The universal familiarity and mystical nature of these characters fluently translate the beauty and horrors of female development. In this interview with Jenny where she shares her theme of work, how her Korean heritage has influenced her Art practice, the importance of mythological creatures in her work and more.

1. Jenny, could you elaborate more on your theme of work for our readers?

2. How do you think Korean heritage has influenced your art practice?

Jenny Lee Robinson Bio

3. Jenny, I love the work you did with your tunnel books. Can you share what message you wish to convey through them?

Jenny Lee Robinson Bio

4. Can you talk about the mythical iconography that is present in your work?

5. I was browsing through your Instagram and noticed you are working with ‘vegetable papyrus’. I am intrigued and would love to hear more about this.

6. Jenny, before wrapping up, what is the best advice you have received as an artist that you would like to share with our readers?

Jenny Lee Robinson Bio

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