Jina Lee

Jina Lee, ‘And Spring Again’, Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail at Batlow. Photo supplied by the artist.

Jina Lee (WA / South Korea)

‘And Spring Again’, BATLOW

Location: Corner Pioneer Street and Batlow Road, Batlow.

Statement:  This sculpture is inspired by the shape of an atom. Atoms and molecules are the building blocks in the cycle of life and death, creation and destruction.

Biography: Jina was born in 1984, South Korea and immigrated to Australia in 2013. Lee began her journey as a sculptor in 1999 after being accepted into the Kaywon School of Arts in South Korea. After graduating from art school, she studied a Bachelor in Traditional Korean Culture and arts at Korean National University of Cultural Heritage. It was during this time, that Jina first learned about the stone sculpting using traditional Korean techniques of carving. This sparked a flame that led her to complete a Masters of Fine Art majoring in Sculpture at Kookmin University, South Korea.

Jina specialises in stone sculptures inspired by organic forms. Lee uses traditional techniques of chiselling and polishing to present a tactile and timeless finish. She works with all types of stones as well as working with bronze, incorporating this medium into her sculptures to compliment the stone. Lee is hands-on from the very first steps of designing the concept, sourcing materials for sculptures and physically creating the artwork herself at her studio at J Shed in Fremantle, WA, Australia.

MFA majoring in Stone Sculpture, Kookmin University, South Korea 2009. Awards include Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artist Mentorship Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015, Rio Tinto WA Emerging Sculptor Mentorship.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018, Helen Lempriere Scholarship Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2022. Represented in public collections Japan, Italy, Albania, South Korea and Australia including City of Melville and Ritz Carlton Hotel, Perth. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015, 2022. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 9 times since 2015.

Jina Lee with her artwork, ‘And Spring Again’, Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail at Batlow. Photo Su-Wen Leong

Stage one of the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail was jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Government’s Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.