When: 14 September - 5 October
Where: The Incubator Gallery - Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga
Presented by: The Incubator Creative Hub
"Ulemj was born in Mongolia and has traveled and lived in many parts of the world, finally settling in New Zealand in 2006. She now lives and works in Tauranga with her young family.
From a young age, Ulemj has always been attracted to and fascinated by people and drawn to capturing what she saw, producing hundreds of pencil drawings in kindergarten and primary school.
It was not until her twenties though (after her formal studies) that she started working with watercolour pencils, before moving onto oil. At the time her main concern was to strive for perfection and create elaborate realistic paintings of people.
Over the last couple of years she has started exploring different mediums including ink, charcoal, watercolour, and pastels, often using a combinations of these to portray the complexities of the individuals.
Ulemj’s portrait paintings are observed impressions, often conveyed through messy lines and the use of mixed media. Through her art she is attempting to capture what makes the person who they are, the human complex across different layers and to provide a glimpse of the soul. Some cultures believe taking photographs can capture the soul, but she believes she is helping to unleash it.
There is a lot of falseness and separation in today's world. We talk a lot about human diversity and individuality, however Ulemj is coming to realize that underneath it all, we're all ONE. The true essence we all share is singular. She is attracted to that true connection, fostering belonging and sincerity. Her keen desire is to connect with people through her art, for the viewer to perceive the true nature of each piece and connect with the essence of each, to become part of the one true Self."