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Doonam Lee

MA work

Non/Existing Landscapes

Non/Existing Landscapes

Non/Existing Landscapes is a project to draw contemplative landscapes using the environmental images of the 3D maps of Apple and Google. The map images are attributed to the use of high technology; however, many of them are practically unnecessary and thus remain disused. Such abandoned images are probably a reflection of the human desire for representation in that they were represented without a specific functional purpose. This scene wherein nature and modern architecture co-exist is both surreal and real, utopian and dystopian. 


Trees in London

This landscape entails the use of approximately 100 images of London’s 3D green areas: these include Hyde Park and Battersea Park, hills, and golf clubs. The extensive forest looks like a real world, but is a recreated image through which numerous images were selected and combined, and manipulated by tweaking unfinished details.


Construction Sites in London

The construction site images used in this work include three-dimensional representations created by Apple and Google based on site photographs taken in the past years. These construction sites – which are likely to have either changed or disappeared as cells develop, die or transform – have been photographed coincidentally and then represented in 3D. The momentary capturing of these sites has been combined to create the image of an uncertain landscape. 


These books are part of the digital collage series, Non/existing landscapes. They include the documentation of the images used in the landscapes and the visual communication research conducted by me during my Visual Communication MA course. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2017

  • As a visual communicator, I have been interested in the paradoxical relationship between media and images. Coming from a graphic design background, I tend to explore the bizarre representations of ‘flat' media and space and time under their surfaces. The ultimate aim of this practice is to reinterpret images of our time through my visual language. 

  • Degrees

  • Visual Communication, SADI, Samsung Art and Design Institute, 2014
  • Experience

  • Exhibition graphic designer, Leeum (Samsung Museum of Art), Seoul 2010–13; Visiting lecturer, SADI (Samsung Art & Design Institute), Seoul 2013–14
  • Exhibitions

  • The Typographic Singularity, Hockney Gallery, London 2017; The Common Room, Hockney Gallery, London 2017
  • Awards

  • Reddot, Best of the Best (Communication), Leeum Interective Project 2013
  • Conferences

  • Utopia & Dystopia, Fringe Arts Bath, 2016