Appropriating ancient nomadic traditions from her homeland Kazakhstan, Uriya Jurik works with found and organic media including sheep bones, felt and wool. Drawing on wool and felt’s unique materiality, the history of which goes back to the dawn of man’s earliest technology to provide warmth and shelter, the work asks searing questions to challenge individual and collective consciousness within the context of globalisation and rapidly developing technologies. Embracing the medium’s chaotic constitution as a metaphor for the contemporary turmoil, the work makes palpable our vulnerabilities and urges for spiritual awakening and re-connection with nature. The artist’s idiosyncratic language is propelled by the idea of shamanism as the earliest form of spirituality and creativity, to celebrate authenticity and illuminate the shadows within our homogeneous world.
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