Sunkoo Yuh

Biography

Yuh was born in 1960 in South Korea, immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 and now resides in Athens, GA, where he is a professor of art at the University of Georgia.  He received his BFA degree from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea and his MFA degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY.

Artist Statement

The body of my work as an artist is to transform the images from my mind into tangible sculptures. or pottery forms My works are sometimes monumental, and then again, sometimes small. My works express not only physical realities but psychological realities at the same time; it also reflects my relationship with people and life experience around me, encompassing front and back, inside and outside, present and past memories.

I often make my works from intuitively and spontaneously drawn images. These two-dimensional images contain conscious and unconscious concerns in my life.  It also reflects my relationships and memories with people and life experiences around me.  I closely study my drawings and select a few to transform into three-dimensional clay sculptures or pottery forms. As a result, the body of my work as an artist is to transform the images from my mind into tangible sculptures and pots.