Lot 37 - Yurim Gough - Do I Exist? Do You Exist?
Mixed Media on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Lee Sharrock
Yurim Gough is a British-based Ceramic visual artist who comes from Korea, a country with a historic tradition of ceramics, where she was a fashion designer and had been designing high heeled shoes for over ten years in Seoul then in Tokyo and London.
She emigrated to England in 2007, the first time she had set foot outside Asia. Learning English from scratch and being influenced by the radical change in culture she went back to being an artist, which was always her first calling. Starting with life drawing and experimenting with other media, She found herself drawn to her cultural roots in ceramics, mixing the two. In 2013 she made bowls and sketched live models drawing directly onto the contoured surfaces, combining the organic hand-moulded form of the bowl with the human form of the model. A couple of years later she began to add imagery to the pieces to extend the narratives that began with the poses, seeking inspiration from what she found captured in the drawings.
In Asian culture bowls are philosophically connected with humanity; for example in Korea they might talk about how big a bowl you have in your mind, so the bowl is holding all your knowledge and experience.
*Winner, ING Discerning Eye Prize, London, UK
*Fondation Bernardaud ‘Esprits Libres, céramiques en résistance’, Limoges, France
*A.P.T Gallery ‘VainEgo’, London, UK (supported and founded by Arts Council of England)
*99 Projects Gallery ‘Rebirth’, London, UK
*Figurative Art Now, London, UK
*Paradigm Gallery ‘ Salvage’, Philadelphia, USA
*SWA 159th Annual Exhibition, London, UK
*The Other Art Fair, New York, USA
*SWA 158 annual exhibition, London, UK
*Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Art Prize, London, UK
*Royal West of England Academy, 166th Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, UK
*Visual Open Art, Finalist, UK
*Flux Exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
*Royal West of England Academy, Drawn Exhibition in Bristol, UK
*Royal West of England Academy, 164th Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol, UK
*The Other Art Fair, London, Uk
*The Other Art Fair at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK
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It was inspired by my own experiences which are reflected in the works.
I have a mother and I am a mother and was thinking of motherhood.
Mothers are devotedly bringing up their children, under close observation!
This is the phenomenal power of human nature
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