HA NA LEE | EXPERIMENTAL FILM & MEDIA ARTIST

CONTRAINDICATIONS, PART I: OYSTERS & POMEGRANATES

2007

Sculptural video/audio installation

SHORT DESCRIPTION

" Contraindications I: Oysters & Pomegranates" tells the story of a woman who encounters a still life scene in which the objects symbolize female sexuality and bodily experience through the traditional symbols of vanitas painting. In a beautiful but bizarre domestic surrounding, she appears to be trapped as she curiously interacts with her physical surroundings. The prohibited foods of oysters and pomegranates sit before her on an elaborate table setting. Though not fatal in reality, the oysters and pomegranates are highly loaded with female sexual imagery. As the visual representation evolves, the imageries eventually trap her, and ultimately she finds herself suffocated by them. This video and sound installation was installed at the Melville Library Gallery in April of 2007. I performed the visual image in the video, and the musician, Felix Paster composed the sound components.

INSTALLATION DOCUMENTATION

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VIDEO : 6' 23"

CREDIT

Video Installation: Ha Na Lee | Sound Composer : Felix Paster

CONTRAINDICATIONS, PART II: RED WINES

2008

Mixed Media Installation
Materials:Video projection and digital photos, Led lights, Red liquid, plastic bottles, and surgical tubings

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Contraindications Part II: Red Wines, develops certain aspects of Contraindications Part I, my first solo show, and the main theme of the work is similar. In particular, it develops the idea of being subject to taboos that make one feel sick, sinful, and stigmatized. A young girl seems to be “trapped “ in the derelict basement of an old house where she encounters the bottles of a red fruit wine.In the beginning, she is timid of experiencing something she has never tried. However, the taste of the liquor makes her hallucinate, and she is quickly thrown into a fantasy world. She imagines another version of herself that acts, in her fantasy, in a more free and experienced manner. The experienced persona encourages her by whispering to her to drink the liquor. The naive persona becomes frustrated and makes the decision to drink. She finally drinks and the liquid falls all over her face. She hates the bitter taste of the liquor – her first, and an experience that is somewhat forced. Despite her effort, the naïve individual’s experience is never quite like that of the like the seasoned one. The unstable mind and jealousy of striving to be like “the experienced one” makes “the naïve one” keep on trying. By juxtaposing these two different personas, I wanted to address the tension between “knowing” and “not knowing.”


EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

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MFA Thesis Show: Contraindications Part I & Part II

DIGITAL IMAGE, 42 x 44"

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CREDIT

Created by Ha Na Lee | Performer : Mariana Martins | Sound Composer : Travis Ellrott | Production crews: Laine Nooney