By John Redmond
Australian artist Yvonne Boag will continue her solo exhibition "Dream Sounds" at the S+Gallery in Busan until May 29.
Boag is represented in major collections in England, France, Japan, Korea and Australia, and she has had numerous solo shows in many countries including Korea. She is also an adjunct associate professor at the Sydney College of the Arts.
She was born in Glasgow in 1954 and moved to Australia when she was 10. She grew up in Port Pirie, South Australia, where in high school she was encouraged by a teacher to pursue art.
After graduation, she won a scholarship to attend the South Australian School of Art where she studied printmaking.
After working for a few years as an artist, she moved to Melbourne and studied sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and then moved to Sydney where she is now based. In 2000, Boag completed a master of fine arts degree at Monash University.
She now works primarily as a printmaker and painter. Her work is comprised of simplified imagery of buildings, animals and people, taken from sketches of the places she has visited or lived. Her own sense of displacement through continual movement informs her work.
"I think it's crucial in my work. I think all my work comes from this feeling of displacement or a feeling of not belonging. I feel I don't belong anywhere. So, I continually move around trying to find the place where I fit. I never find it," said the artist.
Boag regularly exhibits both within Australia and overseas and is represented in major Australian and international collections. She has extensive contacts in the arts community in Korea and in 1997 curated an exchange exhibition of six Australian and Korean artists involving the Tin Sheds Gallery and Sir Herman Blank Gallery of the University of Sydney, the Walker Hill Arts Center in Seoul, the Canberra School of Art and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
Boag finds inspiration for her work through a lot of travel. She has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, South Korea and the Lockhart River region in Northern Australia.
Through visiting unfamiliar places, Boag enjoys the strangeness of these experiences and through her work searches to find the familiar.
"I like finding myself in an unusual place or a different place that I don't understand at all because I am forced to make new pathways to understand it."
The gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is closed on Mondays.