Ruri Yi

May 11, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Ventures Gallery

Artist Statement

My work addresses the images that reflect my daily life. When I look at my surroundings, I try to see forms, colors and surfaces, as I analyze and transform them into varied surfaces, reinterpreting elements of the urban landscape and its
in-between spaces.

My paintings depict static, abstracted images of these landscapes through the use of hard-edged lines, minimalist compositions, symbolic figures, and balanced color–producing a simplified version of how I see the world. I often choose wood panels for the natural beauty and texture of the wood grain. The patterns found in cut wood are as myriad as the lives we live as human beings. When the painted elements of the pieces are combined and carefully arranged with the complex and unique patterns found in nature, they form a language all their own. I do not intend to convey any deep or hidden messages through the images I create, but I would like viewers to be stimulated by the images, have fun imagining what they see and feel there, and come up their
own interpretations.

About the Artist

Ruri Yi was born in Deagu, South Korea, raised in Seoul, and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Since graduating she has actively exhibited her paintings throughout the Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Baltimore areas.