AD 243 | Joseph Lee
“Embracing The Shadow Self”
Photo by Yoshino

Joseph Lee is an actor & self-taught artist who studies faces and the emotions that inhabit them. Lee focuses on the parallels between external reality and the internal process by manipulating everyday faces and objects through segmented brush strokes, color choice, and volume, converging them into a complete and balanced whole.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Joseph Lee’s upcoming solo exhibit opening at GR Gallery in NYC on September 8, 2022
  • The importance of taking care of one’s own mental health
  • Examining the origin of pain and trauma
  • Joey moving to LA to pursue acting
  • The moment when he decided to become a painter
  • Potency in making decisive and guttural decisions
  • Spiritual connection through art
  • Having an insatiable curiosity of people
  • His currently unreleased Netflix show “Beef” (starring David Choe, Steven Yeun, Patti Yasutake, Ali Wong)
  • Utilizing gratitude prayers and journaling
  • Simplifying one’s life to help alleviate anxiety
  • Reconnecting and remembering our child self
  • Challenging our needs for external validations
  • Fighting against jadedness

Artists Mentioned:
  • Marie-Louise von Franz (Psychologist)
  • Martha Graham (Choreographer)

Books Mentioned:
  • The Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi)

Podcasts Mentioned:

Films Mentioned:
  • The Godfather Trilogy
  • Paterson (2016)

Posted 8.29.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino