It’s Friday, and you’re probably not doing anything important, so take a look at the work of South Korean artist JeeYoung Lee. Lee creates dreamlike scenes in her minuscule 160 foot studio, often with creating the illusionary effect of much larger spaces. These fantastic environments are built with nothing more than a bit of handcraft, paintwork and careful planning. OK, we’re downplaying it hugely — each scene takes weeks to elaborately assemble — but the bottom line is that Lee does not use Photoshop or any digital trickery to create her worlds. Intricate lighting is installed to add depth to the painstakingly constructed scenes before the artist takes a single photograph, and the results are stunning. Lee’s work can be found in renowned global institutions — including the Museum of Photography in Japan — and she was the recipient of the 2012 Sovereign Art Prize. Take a look through her dreamworlds in the gallery above, and get inspired.

Lee’s forthcoming exhibition, Stage of Mind, opens at Opiom Gallery, near Cannes, France, on February 14th.

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