When October 23, 2021 at 11:00am 7 hrs
Where Utah Museum of Contemporary Art 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, United States
Contact Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, Waterman: Changing I [email protected]
This exhibition of digital drawings by artist Jiyoun-Lee Lodge explores feelings of displacement, anxiety, and isolation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

Waterman: Changing I is part of an ongoing series by Lee-Lodge that explores displacement, anxiety, and isolation in relationship to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, Lee-Lodge, like countless others, has been confined to her house, experiencing absolute solitude and loneliness in a space meant to provide comfort. Her access to the outside world was mediated through a screen, or as she calls it, "a digital window" that acted as both a means of connection and a source of alienation. This window opens to the excess noise of opposing ideas; the gut of images, information, the deluge of likes, dislikes, hearts, emojis, and the exhausting cacophony of what Bo Burham calls, "anything and everything all of the time." The window, though, also acts as a wave, that crashes completely covering the Lee-Lodge's figures, masking their faces and their forms, overtaking them. The liquid is constantly in flux, as are the emotional states of the figures. Lee-Lodge plays out this duality in her compositions, using dramatic, strong contrasts between light and dark, a technique dating back to the Renaissance called chiaroscuro. Her works also draw on early 1980's video game landscapes and color palettes and take influence from both Roy Lichtenstein's bitmapping and flatness as well as Edward Hopper's social isolation and existentialism.