The Indiscernible Boundary Between the Rational and Irrational ~ An Artist’s Expression of Chronic Pain

Ever try to explain what it’s like to live in chronic pain?

The following 1 minute installation art-piece, “Barbed Wire”, does a pretty great job.

Barbed Wire by Eugenie Lee; 2012

The challenging part becomes trying to imagine this in all its never-relenting, never-ending reality.

Artist Eugenie Lee

“Eugenie Lee is a Korean born visual artist whose works focus on the human body and mind, and in particular chronic pain. Drawing from the complex relationships between the biological, psychological, and social factors of illness, Lee engages and interprets scenarios where we cannot reach the ideals of perfect health.

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Fascinated by the discernible boundary between the rational and irrational fears surrounding illness, and the unquantifiable nature of suffering, the artist incorporates objective medical science into her imaginative psychodramas.


Lee presents her narratives through paintings, sculptures, and installations. Her figurative paintings have addressed a range of subjective experiences including anxiety, isolation, and fear, whilst her sculptures and installations expressed both objective and subjective medical concepts via abstract structures. Her current works have started to reconcile these opposing ideas, inspired by neuroscience’s recent recognition that pain is complicated by each individual’s perceptions and meanings.

These explorations not only broaden Lee’s search to better understand herself but also expand upon an area of medicine that science itself is still learning to fathom the workings of human brain relating to pain.”

Her web-site with her contact information are here.

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.