The South Korean artist Lee Bul finished her studies in sculpture in Seoul in 1987, a time when, following a period of dictatorship and military rule, democratic reforms began opening up the economically emergent country, and visions of the future were painted both in the most glowing and the most sombre colours. As a performance artist, Lee Bul flew in the face of the artistic conventions of her native land, at first conceiving strongly physical or even guerilla-like actions—for example, appearing unexpectedly in public wearing monstrous soft-fabric forms sprouting tentacular appendages—as she searched for a way to express not just her own states of mind, but those of society as well.
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