MINQUI GU

Mixed Materials / Australia

 

Miss Minqi Gu playfully embraces the act of making through her curious explorations of cultural difference, consumerism, motherhood and identity. Bold and deliberate in colour, simple and suggestive in form and saturated in materiality, her architectural background brings a tryst to the conceptual and a light-hearted engagement with form and composition. Her work defies definition, appearing inconsistent in style and technique. The results are open-ended indefinable wearable objects.

Miss Minqi Gu is a Brisbane based artist and has a masters of architecture from the University of Sydney and has worked in a number of major Australian architectural firms up until 2011. She began making and designing mixed media jewellery in her spare time and now, apart from caring for her son, is focused mainly on her jewellery practice.

Work

Armour

Pendant, 2021

Faux Fur, Faux Leather, Faux Skin, Copper, Silver, Plastic, paint

Mother

Pendant, 2021

Faux wool, copper, plastic, enamel paint, polyester

Stories

Pendant, 2021

Cotton, polyester, copper, silver, steel

Experience

Education:
2007-2008 Master of Architecture, University of Sydney, Sydney
2003-2005 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Exhibitions:
Mutual Intent Exhibition – Brisbane Powerhouse/Third Quarter Gallery – June 2021
Home:Made Exhibition – Canberra Design Festival Craft ACT – November 2020
Unleashed- Artisan QLD – October 2020
Brooching the Subject – Pine Rivers Gallery – August 2019

Awards:
univerisity of sydney – bates smart architectural design scholarship – 2007
– dean’s excellence in design 2007, 2008
university of queensland – dean’s excelllence in design 2004

Experiences:
Jewellery and Object Designer-current
Jewellery and Metalsmith Queensland Chapter (JMGQ) Board Member-Exhibition Officer-current
Art from the Margins Gallery – Exhibition and Marking assistant, 2019-2021
Art from the Margins Gallery – volunteer-2019
Goldsmith’s School – assistant-2019
Donovan Hill Architects -graduate architect-2010
Office of Metropolitan Architects – graduate architect-2009
Bates Smart Architects – student architect-2008
Randles Straatveit Architects – student architect-2007-2008
Brearley Architects and Urbanists – internship-2006

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