Segmented glass sculptures inspired by cell division created by Carbondale, Illinois-based Korean artist Jiyong Lee. He is fascinated with studies of the cell cycle, from the division to becoming a complete being, and creates these sculptures as a kind of tribute.
The segmentation series is inspired by my fascination with the science of cell, its division, and the journey of growth that starts from a single cell and goes through a million divisions to become a life. I work with glass that has transparency and translucency, two qualities that serve as perfect metaphors for what is known and unknown about life science. The segmented, geometrical forms of my work represent cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures – each symbolizing the building blocks of life as well as the starting point of life. The uniquely refined translucent glass surfaces suggest the mysterious qualities of cells and, on a larger scale, the cloudiness of their futures.Jiyong Lee