2020 UK Graduate Online Exhibition — Contemporary Art

Updated: Jan 10


#helloartexhibit

During Lockdown, HelloArtUk launched the online public art exhibition to support students and new generation artists whose graduation exhibitions were cancelled due to the impact of the pandemic. We were pleasantly surprised to receive numerous amounts of submissions.


We will be showcasing works of photography, painting, sculpture and contemporary art. Click here for the other themes: "Painting", "Sculpture" and "Photography".


Let's take a look at Contemporary art submissions in this article.

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01 红怪 / 装孙子

Zuki Zhou

IG:@zukikikizhou


Zuki’s practice focuses on the paradoxes within daily life, bringing the catastrophic influence of intimate relationship in Asian culture, especially in China. Her work refers to Chinese feudal thought such as gender stereotyping.


<红怪>

Watercolour Paper、Oil Pastels、Marker




<装孙子>

Oil pastel、Collage

‘My grandmother always wanted a grandson, so I pretended to be her grandson. I failed, and I became a coward.’


“Pretending to be a grandson” has two meanings in Chinese, one describes someone pretending be someone’s grandson. The other is a satiric description of being a coward.




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02.FARRRA

Camila Ospina Gaitán

IG:@camila_ospina_gaitan



Ospina is a Colombian artist. Her work attempts to reveal identities through the aesthetics of ordinary things. Her most recent project is based on her own identity as a Columbian women.

FARRRA is a Colombian slang word for party, the project has started as a question of Ospina’s own identity when she moved to the UK. It began when she started to identify the sexualization of the Latin American woman based on their body language and dance. She felt a drastic change in people’s behaviour due to her physical appearance and the construction of beliefs and behaviours based around the stereotypes around different cultures. As a result, she started to recreate her own real Colombian party through the aesthetics of the ordinary, with symbolic sculptures, specific music and the design of an environment based her own Bogotá low-income party. In her work, Ospina’s identity is constructed through her own experience and not the European male gaze.


It is a decolonisation and liberation process where the body is thought of as an expression, a form of communication and a site of politics, history, and resistance.




03.Holy Boob Pottery

Kate

IG:@idea.ceramic



'This is a short story about my Holy Boob Pottery. I love ceramics and creating naked ceramics turned out to be inspiring and essential for me!

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The story began when my elder son was born. I tried to make every effort to grow him healthy and happy. And to my firm belief breastfeeding was the first step to give my baby the best food, care, and love. And it really was! I became a lactation specialist and was eager to help other newborn mommies (I remembered how I suffered from the lack of help and support at the beginning). So I became a volunteer at our local maternity hospital and ran meetings with future moms. To promote my practice my dear husband and I designed breastfeeding business cardholder. You can't even imagine how astonished I was when I found out that hospital staff started hiding it from the visitors! They were just ashamed of this boob cardholder! At that moment I thought about how many people are ashamed of their bodies. I was wondering what people from other countries think of my ceramic boobs. And breastfeeding consultants all over the world liked them and used them in their work!



From then on many other souvenirs were created. And I do believe that these funny gifts not only bring some joy to people's lives. They also attract attention to burning issues of today - body positivity, sexual relationship in the family after child birth, promoting breastfeeding in public. I want people to understand that there are natural things in life that you don't have to be ashamed of!' —— Kate




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Ying Hui Tam 

IG:@cardsfromyingland


Here's two yarn ewes, Ewenice and Ewegene, who have been scarfing down YingHui’s favourite scarf.⁠

Her paper art has always been more of a therapy than hobby. Lately, she started a 100-day paper art project crafting fictional creatures inspired by Neil Gaiman's Coraline button-eye characters. Each of these being is born from a pun, illustrated by photographing "Unseen Scenes" where they fiddle with household items when the humans are not looking.⁠

"I am a dreamer by day, crafter by night, and punster aroun