ARTIST STATEMENT: Yasmin Gur
In simple terms, my goal as a sculptor, it is to create objects that
evoke an immediate emotional response and engagement.
My studio practice for the last fifteen years has been in Brooklyn NY.
As the daughter of an architect, growing up in a desert town in Israel,
I developed and early and abiding love for the built structures of my
surroundings. From a very young age, ideas and sketches have
emerged from this preoccupation. In the sketches I hone in on
structures and grids and in a series of sketches I strip these
structures down and manipulate them. I enjoy taking a structure that
has a specific function and supplanting its functional identity with an
emotional one. In creating this emotional character to the work I am
inspired by the structures of nature and have in mind the works’
relation to a human audience. I see my task as navigating the terrain
in my imagination where the built environment collides with the
processes of nature-gravity,rust,seepage,compression, and the
human response to it. I imagine myself through these works creating
a wordless conversation(empathy) between these works and the
viewers who look at them.
My works are built with reclaimed material. In using these weathered
materials, I am appropriating their histories, the wear and tear of the
elements, the bending, rips, flaking, and rust, to create a wordless
connection, a bloom, a burst, an outgrowth, to evoke a living process
of an organism or plant