Seoul-based artist Lee Me Kyeoung finds beauty in unexpected places. Her ongoing series of delicate pen drawings capture the quaint convenience stores of South Korea that often go overlooked. Nestled in green surroundings and sparkling with personality, these illustrations document small businesses that are slowly dying out.
Each of Kyeoung's drawings features a unique storefront and the few plants that frame it set against a blank white background. In doing so, the individuality of these structures is highlighted, helping us notice everything from the quirky decor to slightly aging features. Despite their charm, Kyeoung noticed that these establishments are slowly disappearing from communities and being replaced with newer businesses. So, before they go, she is making sure that their existence is recorded in her art.
With the amount of detail that Kyeoung puts into her pen drawings, it's very easy to imagine stepping into these places and going shopping. “When we open the narrow door of the store, recollecting the old memories, the store might give the sweetest, over the familiarity to even a stranger,” she says. “That is a charming point of small stores.”
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