Won Lee’s work sees a vast collection of bronze works that take a very specialist stylized look. They are figurative pieces that sometimes see more details but mostly are simple shapes that consist of an intense textural surface.
His Giacometti-esque figures; ‘The Meditators’ have a textural bulging appearance that give the impression of weight, the heavy bottoms on the work and the thin necks and heads give the piece a lack of balance that causes the audience to not accept these figures as reality. They sit cross legged with folded arms and the tiny heads perched upon such a thin neck give these figures an extra-terrestrial feel, the patina adding to this by causing darkness.
The abstract nature of the work allows the audience to interpret the work as they see it; the open minded views of the audience may see things that Won Lee did not intend however this is where abstract form needs to accept the interpretation of the viewer maybe something different to the intended. Many abstract pieces although recognisable as a figure in Won Lee’s case can be read in multiple ways. The nature of abstract leaves the reading of the artwork open for the audiences participation.