Suzy Lee

Suzy Lee

 

Republic of Korea

 

Suzy Lee completed a degree in Fine Arts in painting at the Seoul National University and thereafter participated in painting exhibitions and worked as a freelance illustrator.  She began a Masters in Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts in the UK and brought a draft of her Master’s project, Alice in Wonderland, to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This work was published by Edizioni Corraini in 2002. Her next book Mirror was published in 2003 and became the first of three books, Mirror (2003), Wave (2008) and Shadow (2010) known as the Border Trilogy: all three wordless stories share the physical centre of the book, the binding, that acts as a border between fantasy and reality in the actual story. On one side of the page we see a little girl: a girl in a mirror, a girl at the seaside as the waves come in, a girl in a storage room on one side and on the other side of the page her fantasy and imagination. Suzy Lee’s picture books have received international acclaim.  Wave received several distinctions in the United States, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2008 and was selected for the IBBY Silent Books Honour List in 2013. Shadow was also selected as the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2010 as well as the Premio FNLIJ, Brazil and Premio Albumilustrado, Gremio de Libros de Madrid, Spain. She has also illustrated works for other authors, Urineun Beolgeosungi Hwaga by Seungyeon Moon (We are naked painters, 2005) and Open This Little Book (2013) written by Jesse Klausmeier.