Two featured artist shows, Eve’s Tree by ceramic artist Yoonsun Lim, and Wind by Tsolmon Damba will open in TAG (The Associates Gallery) on August 23, 2017. This exhibition by Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association members Yoonsun Lim and Tsolmon Damba pairs the abstracted natural forms created by artist Lim, with the abstracted and Mongolian traditional painting by artist Damba. The show will be on on display from August 23 to September 12. An opening reception will be held on August 24 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
In this show, Yoonsun Lim explores how life can be ambiguous with good and evil creating conflict. She demonstrates this through the symbolism of a tree offering the choice of good and evil. Lim further explores the complexity of humans through her work, as exemplified in her Eve artwork with its many crying emotions. Eve is not necessarily crying because she is sad since people cry also for joy. In Lim’s Eve series, we see sorrow, happiness, loneliness and other emotions. Lim feels Eve is representative of herself, as a woman and an artist.
Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea and learned the art of ceramics in Japan where she studied for seven years. She now lives in Centreville, Virginia and was juried into the Torpedo Factory Artist Association in March, 2017. Her artwork reflects her life experiences from the three countries she has called home, South Korea, Japan and the US.
Tsolmon Damba’s work encompasses a spectrum of abstract contemporary art and traditional Mongolian painting styles. Although his work has different styles and techniques, his entire work has a cohesive bond amongst each other. Damba believes that each painting has a piece of his thought and soul within them. The love that Damba has for Mongolia shows clearly in his art. He could not be more proud to be from such a mesmerizing country to inspire him.
As a native of Darkhan, Mongolia, Tsolmon Damba grew up in the midst of a serene and beautiful countryside. His passion for painting horses and the breathtaking landscapes of his country began at the age of three and never stopped. Damba’s grandmother noticed his enthusiasm for painting and brought him to the Institute of Fine Art University at the age of 15 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Four decades later, the powerful nature and nomads of Mongolia remain important to Damba’s aesthetic and is reflected into his artwork to this day. The heart and soul that goes into every piece is what keeps him driven and hungry for more ideas.
A partial gallery show with pieces from all 14 members of TAG is also on display.