Art / Juwon Lee
:: Two Works ::
lines in nyc, Digital collage using personal photos, 16” x 10.605
my first year(-ish) in NYC, Hand-drawn data visualization layered on top of a digital collage, 16” x 10.605
From the artist
:: Account ::
“In the City” is a self-reflection series including a digital collage (“lines in nyc”) and data visualization piece (“my first year(-ish) in nyc”). I have always been interested in collage work and data visualization. Both of them have a unique power to abstract the complex reality and provide new perspectives by narrowing down the focus to specific elements. Through this series, I wanted to combine the two types of work to tell my story using my personal images and data.
“lines in nyc” is created by combining personal photographs taken from my iPhone 11 Pro around New York City. By layering and repositioning these images together, I aimed to recreate a dynamic yet geometric surface and to highlight some of the line elements that soothed me in this bustling city. “my first year(-ish) in nyc” is a simple hand-drawn data visualization piece—inspired by Giorgia Lupi’s “data humanism” principles—layered on top of the “lines in nyc” to look back on my first year of living in New York City.
In retrospect, moving to NYC postgrad was not as glamorous as I expected it to be. Living alone for the first time and working remotely for my new corporate job in my studio apartment—and all of it during a pandemic—became more challenging than I had anticipated. At times, I felt overwhelmed, lost, and lonely by the extreme hustle and bustle atmosphere of the city.
Amidst the chaos, I found my peace through discovering order in geometric elements in the streets and buildings, which is my inspiration behind the “lines in nyc” collage. I also took advantage of my living and remote work environment by having friends come visit and spending some time outside of the city as showcased in “my first year(-ish) in nyc” piece.
To create this data visualization, I gathered all data collections from my calendar, photo album, texts, emails, and travel tickets since the day I moved to New York in early 2021. I divided up the findings into four main categories: special dates, days I left NYC, days I had visitors from out of town, and days I went into the office. To maintain the geometric theme of the collage and to embody New York City’s grid-plan system, I organized the entire visualization in a grid layout with vertical axis representing days and horizontal axis representing months. Each day is identified by a simple white dot, and those special category dates are illustrated by different symbols and colors. If there’s been a change, such as a different city or visitor right after one another, this change is signified by another line drawn on top of the initial mark.
Juwon Lee is a human-centered designer and a creative based in New York City. She has experience in both print and web design and is passionate about projects that require human-centered design thinking, vision, and a high degree of craft. She has experience in in-house production + graphic design, agency design, design studio project lead, and corporate user-centered design. She received her BFA in Graphic and Information Design from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and is currently pursuing her MFA in Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design.