There is no boundary between artists and individuals


ChangGang Lee is a Tokyo based collage artist. His versatile collaging technique makes the outcome very intense and distorted but definitely in a good way. He pushes his work always to new directions so it continues to change and to create new styles and ways.
He uses a combination of acrylic and spray paint and found imagery from vintage books and magazines.

Who are you? What do you Create?


My name is ChangGang Lee. I am a Korean who was born and grew up in Japan. I’m a collage artist based in Tokyo.

 私の名前は ChangGang Lee です。日本生まれのコリアンです。 東京を中心にコラージュアーティストとして活動しています。


Was art always a part of your life? When did it become serious?


I officially started collage art about 3 or 4 years ago.

I used to work as a designer before, but I was always looking for better way to express myself obediently, not just client work.  I’ve found the current style.

I still work as a designer, but I spend most of my time making collages in my life.


本格的にアーティストとしての活動を始めたのは 3,4 年ほど前からです。 以前はデザイナーとして仕事をしていたのですが、クライアントありきの制作ではなく、自分自身を素直にアウトプットできる方法がないか とその頃から模索していて、現在のスタイルにたどり着きました。 現在もデザイナーとして仕事はしていますが、生活のほとんどの時間はコラージュの制作に時間を割いています。


What do you hope to communicate with your work?

I don’t have specific reason or concept for my work. I try not to think and, I always try to create with my body.


Where are you working on your collages?

Home. Atelier and living space are the same place for now. I can say securing the environment as an artist is another issue for me also financially.

自宅です。現在はアトリエと生活スペースは同じ場所です。 状況的にも金銭的にも、アーティストとしての環境を確保することも次の課題だと言えます。


DOes Your Family Support your work?

Yes, I think they do


Do you struggle with limiting beliefs? Which ones? do they interfere with you pushing your work?

Sometimes I lose sight of essence by events or values of others.


 Do you feel the internet has created new opportunities for you?


I think that SNS has a great influence such as Instagram.

Of course, I don’t think that only the evaluation on the Internet is the value of the artist, but there is a possibility and connection that it could not be considered by artists of times without the internet I can say having this interview because the internet exists.


Instagram など SNS の影響は大きいと思います。 もちろんインターネット上の評価だけがアーティストの価値だとは思いませんが、インターネットのない時代のアーティストには考えられな かった可能性や、他者とのつながりがあると思います。



Changgang Lee  

What inspires your work?

Music, film, a lot of stuff from culture always inspires me, but various emotions in every day affect my work more than that.

もちろん音楽、映画など、あらゆるカルチャーからのインスピレーションは常に受けていますが、それ以上に日常の中で生まれるあらゆる感 情が創作に影響していると思います。

What do you struggle with most as an artist and as an individual and how to you push through that?


For me, There is no boundary between artists and individuals when I create. so, I always emphasize honest expression than how I look as an artist.


私自身、作品を創るにあたってアーティスト、個人の境界線はありません。自分がアーティストとしてどう見えるかよりも、背伸びしない、 嘘のない表現を常に心がけています。


Do you feel having higher consciousness brings you to a more pure point of creating?


I think so. However, laziness could be necessary sometimes.





What is your favorite Smell, sound, and taste?

Either, I am attracted by the madness in the silence.



What moves you?

Various emotions in everyday things. For me, my work is like a journal to me. As long as I can feel anger, pain, pleasure from everyday things, I think I can continue creating.

日々の中で生まれるあらゆる感情です。創作活動は私にとってある意味、日記のようなもので、怒り、苦しみ、喜びのようなあらゆる感情が ある限りは造り続けると思っています。


Are you structured or chaotic by nature?

maybe, both.


What advice do you have for young artists?

I’m not in a position to give advice yet but, if you face yourself, you will find your own way, and, always keep doubting things.

自分はまだまだアドバイスできる立場ではありませんが、周りのことは気にせず自分と向き合い続ければ、おのずと道は見えると思います。 あとは、常にあらゆる物事を疑い続けることです。


What’s next for you?

First of all, keep creating every day and I would like to present my works on a bigger stage. I hope to meet new people positively, such as collaboration with new genres.


まずは、日々アウトプットし続けることです。そして、より大きな舞台で作品を発表していきたいと思っています。 新しいジャンルと

Learn more about Changgang Lee by following his work on Instagram 


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