GUIMI YOU

01-3-WORK-1-5

Q: Tell us about your practice

A: I embrace various roles and environments that surround me in my life, including those of a mother, artist, and life in California. I am developing a sort of album composed of paintings that depict impressive moments or emotions
I have experience throughout my life.

Q: Many of your works depict nature with dream-like qualities. Can you explain the significance of this?

A: Nature is fluid and constantly evolving, so I don’t believe there is a need to portray them as static and immovable. As a result, this perception of nature has led me to develop a style of painting that may appear dream-like to the viewer.

01-5-WORK-2-3
02-1-COVER-2-5

Q: What are some of the important themes in your most recent exhibition “Color Me” at Make Room LA? 

A: As the title “Color Me” may suggest, the works in this exhibition incorporate certain elements and simple practices found in children’s art, such as coloring numbers, cutting and pasting papers, sketching, and painting. I regularly encounter these pure and simple artistic activities through my child, and they complement my identity as both a mother and artist. While the title “Color Me” may sound like it is addressed to an outsider, it is actually a call-to-action directed at myself to further grow and discover my identity. 

02-2-QUOTE-ARTIST-3
02-5-WORK-4-2
01-7-WORK-3-1

Q: Can you elaborate on the approach you take to portray the figures in your paintings?

A: A majority of my paintings contain a sole figure placed within an outdoor or indoor space. The state of being alone represents loneliness and fosters a similar atmosphere within the paintings. I also prefer not to depict the figures’ faces in detail, as the figures can represent anyone as opposed to a specific person. I hope that my paintings could evoke special memories or emotions from the viewers’ past. 

Q: What has been inspiring you lately?

A: I currently reside in Albany, and I walk to my studio that is 10 minutes away every day. I always marvel at the numerous vibrant gardens in my neighborhood. I find the infinite colors and shapes of nature inspiring to me and hope to incorporate more of those aspects in my work moving forward.

03-4-WORK-7-1
03-1-COVER-3-5
COLLECTOR'S QUOTE

“What drew me to Guimi’s work is her ability to use colors and apply the paint in a way that creates a softness that is quite soothing. I appreciate the way she takes risks in terms of her placement of certain bold colors or the way she divides the canvas, to create her magical world. The colors can make the works seem playful on the surface but are actually quite emotional. I am fascinated by this tension and find it to be brilliant”

DAN NGUYEN

The Here and There Collective, LLC is a New York limited-liability company operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to The Here and There Collective are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.