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Handmade is not an only technic for me is more like a research. Yujia Gao interviewed by Klimt02

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 28.06.2019
Yujia Gao Yujia Gao
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2019
Yujia Gao. Vase: Front View 45°, 2019. Gilding metal.. 12 x 13 x 21 cm. From series: Look Right. Yujia Gao
Vase: Front View 45°, 2019
Gilding metal.
12 x 13 x 21 cm
From series: Look Right
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Intro
Sometimes when we see some sculpture works there is always a distance between the audience and the work. Through my work, I want people can observe from various perspective and have a better connection to the work.
What's local and universal in your artistic work?
Container and function are what I am always interested in. They are the object with a long history and we are so curious about them as they are so worldwide use. I remember when I was a child how my grandparent, they treat the guest with the really ancient style teapot decorated with some traditional Chinese pattern that symbolizes good luck. When I first time came to London, I saw those Victoria time teapots remind me of my grandparent teapot. This gives me the idea of how I want to simplify the function given to containers.


What do you expect when you show your work to the public (for example, with an exhibition)?
Because the scale of my work I see them more than an object that used for interior decoration or homeware. I want the people to feel more about the idea that the object came from. Sometimes when we see some sculpture works there is always a distance between the audience and the work. Through my work, I want people can observe from various perspective and have a better connection to the work.


How important is handmade for you in your development? What role does technics and technology play in your development?
Handmade is not an only technic for me is more like research. When I started work with an idea that I do not sure where it will go, then the process of handmade always take me forward. Because handmade often cause mistake or problem but that’s when some unexpected result came from. It makes me always can find a surprise in my work.


When you start making a new piece what is your process? How much of it is a pre formulated plan and how much do you let the material spontaneity lead you?
I often started with a sketch, sometimes they are really scratchy and random and then I try to do some paper model to explore the possibility based on the sketch. Some shape I can not do it with the paper I will use Rhino or some model program to try it. And because the character of some metal parts of my design need to do some adjustment,  so the material gives the changes to the design, and also the process of making the work with metal is quite enjoyable even if it is hard to control, but it also gives you lots of new inspiration when it does not work the way you expect.


The last work, book, film, city that moved me was…
I got a lot of inspiration from paintings. Lots of paintings are about still life and I like to observe how they organize them together and how they see the object in their paintings. Giorgio Morandi is famous for the color in his paintings but what attracts me most is the way how he put the order with those vessels.


Which piece or job gave you more satisfaction?
The first one of the collection I made is the one surprised me most. Because at first, I want to lose some function of the teapot. So I put the lid and handle together and made a simple oval shape replace them and it makes the jug looks more simple and you can play with it with all the function.


Considering the experiences you have had over the years - if you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice for the start-up phase, what would that be?
When something goes wrong don't panic and see the positive side it may actually end up well.


Can you describe your personality in 3 words, describe your work in 3 words.
Personality:  paranoid, strong, independent.
Work: enjoyable, playful, neat.
 
Yujia Gao. Cup: 100 ml, 2018. Copper. 4.5 x 4.5 x 11 cm. From series: Container. Alternative view.. Yujia Gao
Cup: 100 ml, 2018
Copper
4.5 x 4.5 x 11 cm
From series: Container

Alternative view.

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