Yuki Ochiai – Artist Statement

Throughout her life, Yuki has been influenced by and has experimented with performance art and other different facets of art in order to discover her own personal style and artistic identity. Her aesthetic practice stems from her combined influence of avant-garde fashion, psychedelic music, and contemporary art from the 70s that centred around sculpture, performance and installation art. She utilizes the elements that signified the feminist art movement and the emergence of performance art to contextualize her works, such as shock value, subjectivity, using the physical body as a medium and feminist ideologies. Her previous works range from drawing repetitive circles in a dark room to presenting a single-person grotesque fashion show to building site-specific interventions. By juxtaposing everyday objects in various forms of her works, she plays with their ambiguous and ironic qualities. She incorporates mostly found materials that she personally hoards and transforms them into art objects, often addressing identity issues that reflect on her confrontations and limitations of her personal self. Through performative methods, she seeks to express a part of herself, unseen by most, to the world in order to shed light on the humanity in socio-cultural contexts, that is commonly suppressed. She does this often by situating herself out of her own comfort zone, either to confront herself or to initiate an interactive relationship with the spectators of her work. (2014)

Follow Me into the Dark , 2009.

Follow Me into the Dark , 2009.

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