American artist Jiyong Lee is an associate professor of art at Southern Illinois University who is fascinated by cell biology and how one cell can grow and divide to become a fully functional organism. For his Segmentation series, Jiyong Lee makes geometric, segmentated glass sculptures as a tribute to the cell and to life in general. They symbolize biological and molecular structures, cell divisions, growth and embryonic development. The beautiful sculptures appear subtle and quiet but are in fact structurally complex.
Unlike many other glass sculpture artists who manipulate heated glass, Jiyong Lee is a master of coldworking glass which involves the labor-intensive process of cutting, sanding, laminating, and carving. He uses both transparant and translucent glass to serve as metaphoric qualities for the known and unknown aspects of science. Combined with the use of colored glass these beautiful segmented sculptures create surprising optical effects that invoke mystery.
Take a look at these marvellous sculptures below and a nice interview with Jiyong Lee in his studio. More of his work can be admired on his website!