Yurim Gough ‘VainEgo’: A Solo Exhibition at APT Gallery Curated by Lee Sharrock
Fine art ceramicist Yurim Gough will have a solo exhibition ‘VainEgo’ at APT Gallery in London between 12 - 29 May 2022. The exhibition curated by Lee Sharrock will feature a series of wall-mounted ceramic pieces, drawings, film and photographic prints. 108 VainEgo ‘Army of Me’ ceramic heads will be exhibited at APT, as well as self-portrait drawings, photographs, sketch books and film.
Gough made 108 ceramic heads for the ‘VainEgo’ installation because of the significance of the number in Buddhism. According to Bhante Gunaratana, the number 108 is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and again by whether the feelings are internally generated or externally occurring, and yet again by past, present and future.
All the featured works were made during a 6 year period which was triggered by Yurim Gough’s breast cancer diagnosis in May 2016, and her subsequent treatment and recovery. During this challenging time, Gough sought solace in her work, expressing the emotions and experiences of her cancer treatment through life drawing and ceramics. Gough has since made a full recovery and chose to exhibit the art she made during her diagnosis and treatment in the month of May, 6 years after her first diagnosis.
Yurim Gough says: “The VainEgo project moves on from imagined stories to real stories, with myself as the subject. In 2016, during my breast cancer treatment, I drew daily self-portraits. During lockdown 2020 I made half-sculptures of all these drawings. The VainEgo project was a 100% cathartic process. Focusing on creativity was a great tool to release emotions, weakness and pain, especially after I found that I had breast cancer and the subsequent treatment and recovery. I also got a strong spiritual feeling from the creative process and that I was able to survive from the cancer journey. VainEgo consists of one word and depicts myself in the mirror looking for my ego. As the fight against cancer began, I drew my feelings, which changed from day to day, and I also drew my changing body nude onto a ceramic bowl. In addition, photographs and videos of myself at that time will also be presented for the first time in this exhibition."
According to Gough the purpose of this exhibition is to make the audience see breast cancer more intimately, and also experience the innermost thoughts of the artist visually, whilst communicating how making art made her feel alive.
The mission of the Art in Perpetuity Trust is to support creative thought and artistic vision both in the studio and in the wider world. At its freehold premises on the banks of Deptford Creek, APT provides 42 secure studios for visual artists, a contemporary art gallery, a working sculpture yard and an external public performance space.
Venue: APT Gallery, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SA
Dates: 12th - 29th May, 2022
Gallery opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Private view: Thursday 12th May, 6 - 8pm
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The VainEgo project moves on from imagined stories to real stories, with myself as the subject. In 2016, during my breast cancer treatment, I drew daily self-portraits ... it was a 100% cathartic process.