Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

IMG_6003.JPGArtist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: yujiagn.squarespace.com

Yujia Gu is an international transfer student from China, where she got her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. She’s only been here for 3 years, and she’s majoring in graphic design. Her artwork is inspired originally by her mom, because of how gun culture and gun violence over in America is different and more dangerous than in China.

Her art gallery featured more of factual work than made up art or fictional art. It used facts and statistics about gun violence and death to make up most of her artwork. The numbers are bold, and the art is straight to the point. It’s there to deliver a message, and it doesn’t beat around the bush along the way. She also used names and pictures of people and children that have died due to gun violence, to relate to her audience emotionally. Her original inspiration for this gallery was from her mom. Her mom was scared to send her to the US because of all the horrific news and stories of gun violence over here. Upon doing further research, Yujia realized that too many people are dying because of guns and now she’s working towards raising more awareness of how guns are bad.

All in all, I feel like this was the most powerful art exhibition I’ve seen so far. It delivers a great message with facts and statistics, and makes you sympathize with the deaths of the children or people with the pictures and names in the art. It was also very well put together and I hope and wish for Yujia the best on her journey towards ending gun violence.

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