Jurjen Galema recently graduated from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen with an MA in Fine Art and Design and is a part-time drag queen. Growing up in a village in Friesland meant the art world once seemed remote. He aims to build a bridge through his soft sculptures by creating worlds populated by strange figures with intriguing stories. Gender, identity, kitsch, popular culture and obsessions are some of the themes he investigates and interprets in his own unique way.
For the YGA III programme Galema is building a work in which heaven and hell converge, with lust, gluttony and excess hilariously depicted in a world of soft sculptures presented by the artist’s ebullient alter ego. She leads viewers into this universe and seduces them into voyeurism and inward reflection.