Lee Ok Nam's work is calming the world's howl to a quiet sleep by using newspapers paired with traditional Korean paper to form the most basic fundamental shape- A Circle. She has created a movement of reflection. Accumulated from the layers of time, thus telling the story of us all - A wave of calm and strong mind through history and time.
In the works of Lee Ok-nam, the will of differentiation between form and content is what creates a juxtaposition of abstract and concrete. The content is the form and the concrete substance forms abstracts images. There is no symbol and analogy and narration in the image created by her, but at the same time, there are overlapping realities, formed from the subject of her materials, newspapers.
Cut newspaper lengthwise in a certain width while allowing many to stick to each end of the strips, create certain overlapping designed in a wave-like pattern. The newspaper strips essentially become endless. And a concentric circle is rolled with the strips. The rolling of the newspaper goes on and on in repletion. So the thickness of the diameter of the disc gets bigger and bigger. The circular plane of the disc is formed with the thickness of every over-lapping newspaper. It forms an eccentric wave in the color of the ink of the newspaper only. But there is no analogy and explanation to the newspaper material and it only shows a certain state of the newspaper. Therefore the material of the newspaper is exposed as it is, raw and never ending, just as in life and in real time. Lee ok-nam aims to create timeless pieces reflecting the world in all of us, inviting us to perpetuate the feelings in her work with the emotions we feel with the world around us.