In his colourful glass sculpture series Segmentation, Illinois-based artist Jiyong Lee is inspired by his fascination of the science behind cells, their division and the journey of growth that starts from a single cell and goes through a million divisions to become a life.
He explains: "I work with glass that has transparency and translucency, two qualities that serve as perfect metaphors for what is known and unknown about life science. The segmented, geometrical forms of my work represent cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures—each symbolising the building blocks of life as well as the starting point of life.
"The uniquely refined translucent glass surfaces suggest the mysterious qualities of cells and, on a larger scale, the cloudiness of their futures. The Segmentation series is subtle and quiet yet structurally complex. I transform solid glass using cutting, lamination, carving, and surface refining processes to make art that is both beautiful and deeply invested with meaning."
Lee uses a special glass technique called 'cold-working' to create his segmented sculptures. Created without glass blowing or kilns, he instead uses an intensive process of cutting, sanding, laminating, and carving to create his unique artworks.