Playground, a reduction woodcut by @guimi_you
is featured this quarter in the Pop Collector’s Club. Statement - “As a new mother, You has been depicting her life of parenting and domestic work in a fantasia-like mash up of real and unreal imagery. Amid moments of chaos from her son’s cries, she imagines scenes that would exist in a toddler’s mind. Suddenly there might be swimming sharks in a living room and a construction site forming on a bed, crowded with busy cement trucks and excavators. You becomes a conduit for her son’s thoughts and desires, in an intuitive and spiritual experiment. The landscapes and figures she paints are filtered through her own understanding of the world around her. There is an inner conflict as You navigates how to be an independent artist and fulfill her responsibilities as a mother.
You’s background in East-Asian painting and art history provided her with a base of using black ink and low saturated colors. In her BFA studies, she strictly used water-based paint on paper. As a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in London, she started using oils paint. The graduation of color, using thin and soft tones to express objects in an often misty manner, mimics traditional oriental painting styles. The multi-cultural education and experience that Guimi You has had formulates her current painting style.”
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