Hello. My name's Yvonne Boag. I'm an artist from Sydney in Australia. I'm going to show you some of my recent work going back over the past 10 years.
My work involves my life and it's not political or social. It's about my own experience and how I view life. I have, since 1993, been visiting Seoul in Korea, usually twice a year.
I was born in Scotland in the United Kingdom. I came to Australia as a teenager with my family and was educated there. My most recent work is about the experience of migration. And the images you've just seen are about, like the ship, I came by ship from England, and about the transfer of culture and home to a new country.
I work in acrylic and oil, mostly, and I also make etchings and prints related to the paintings. The work that you've just seen, the last few pieces, have been made in 2012 and all relate to my experience of migration.
Australia is a country of many different nationalities, and I've always had a feeling of not quite belonging there or quite belonging in Scotland. And I think partly the reason I spend so much time in Korea is because it's half way.
I think the most recent group of paintings is my own way of trying to come to terms with this dilemma of being a part of two cultures. And the third thing about these recent works is that the colour, the bright colours have been very influenced by my experiences in Korea, and seeing the colours used in Korean traditional clothes and Korean buildings, traditional buildings.
When I first came to Korea in 1993, I came from Paris. I was living in Paris, and I met some Korean artists. Then, I came back in 1995 on a government scholarship from the Australian government.
I found my first visit to Korea in 1993, so amazingly different that I knew I wanted to come back, and when I saw that Asialink,
the Australian government body that gives grants to artists to visit other Asian countries advertised Korea, I was determined to come back and actually received the first Asialink grant, and spent four months working here in Chung Ju.
In Paris, there's a certain of type of colour and history, Western art history, and coming to Korea I just discovered a whole new world of art.
I worked with an artist, Lee Jong Mok, who explained to me the Korean way of using paper and painting, Korean style painting, which is I've been doing ever since, as well as Western style acrylic on canvas painting.
This is one of my Korean type paintings.
I also became aware of the problem with language, and then my work started to be involved with how to represent language in a symbolic way.