I come from Korea, a country with a historic tradition of ceramics, where I was a fashion designer. By age 30 I had been designing high heeled shoes for over ten years in Seoul then in Tokyo and London. I emigrated to England in 2007, the first time I had set foot outside Asia. Learning English from scratch and being influenced by the radical change in culture I went back to being an artist, which was always my first calling. Starting with life drawing and experimenting with other media, I found myself drawn to my cultural roots in ceramics, mixing the two. In 2013 I 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 I began to add imagery to the pieces to extend the narratives that began with the poses, seeking inspiration from what I found captured in the drawings.
In Asian culture bowls are philosophically connected with humanity; for example in Korea we might talk about how big a bowl you have in your mind, so the bowl is holding all your knowledge and experience. I mould the bowls in my hands and I draw straight onto them, with no plan, never changing a line. My vases are like many bowls coming together inverted into sculptures. Drawing directly onto these with a life model, with a human in front of me, I can be led by their energy and afterwards see what of human life can fit into a bowl. What I found drove me to use imagery on top to draw out stories imagined from the lives.
About the Artistic Method
Yurim draws straight onto the surface of each piece. Life drawing in front of the living, breathing model joins the model's pose to the contoured surface of the piece. The lines from the model are communicated through the rough texture to the fired handbuilt stoneware with a ceramic pencil. The jagged lines soften under glaze. For some pieces, imagery is overlaid on the drawings.
• SWA 159th Annual Group Exhibition, London, UK
• Hix Art Gallery, Collaboration show with Victoria
Grant ,London, UK
• Saatchi Art ,Selected by Saatchi Art’s 100 Top
• The Other Art Fair ,Brooklyn, New York, USA
• SWA exhibition at Mall Galleries, London, UK
• Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge UK
• Selected and Published in Create Magazine Issue
• Zari Gallery, SOLO EXHIBITION, London, UK
• Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Art Prize, Kings
Place(Piano Nobile Gallery), London, UK
• Royal West of England Academy –166th Annual
Open Exhibition, Bristol, UK
• Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge, UK
2017 Visual Open Art Prize Finalists ,UK
2017 Flux Exhibition at the Chelsea College of Arts
2017 Royal West of England Academy–Drawn
2016 Royal West of England Academy – 164 Annual
2016 The Other Art Fair in London, UK