Yu-Whuan studied contemporary painting and sculpture, and completed an independent art research project, at the Kyoto University of Education, Japan. She is a member of the Kyoto Sculptor Association. She has received a “MURASAKI” award for the 47th Kyoto Exposition. She has had major public and select private exhibitions, internationally and in the U.S., with regular exhibitions in Kyoto and New York, including the New York Historical Society and Teller Boricua Gallery.
She was invited by the Ga-un Sculpture group for a special guest solo exhibit in the Kyoto Art Museum, with solo shows at Ando Tadao Architecture Ayabe City Plaza, and other museums and galleries, along with outdoor exhibitions including The Global Warming Prevention in Kyoto Convention celebration.
Yu-Whuan’s use of the color blue, holding a particular space in her oeuvre, also brings a compelling elemental aspect to this exhibit. First having used blue in her earlier work in Japan, she encountered that blue in her work as an aspect of deep mind mixed with time, past present future (Now), a coloring of spirit. That elemental dimension of color thus finds a distinct, attentive home in her process of seeing, in which she brings a deft touch to potent human passions and dilemmas, in a manner that is akin to sunlight on a tree.
When making such installations with twigs and branches, she treats the installation like a dance with the process of consciousness and the unconscious. Rather than focusing on the exact technical process of sketching or designing, she often immerses herself in the world of the picture or work, along with a sense of there being no time.
Yu-Whuan’s wide-ranging art explores the relationship between nature and culture in her sculpture, paintings, drawings, photographs, and installations. Her work, while bold and direct, includes mystery, gentle humor, and a philosophical aspect. She frequently uses ordinary materials distinctive to specific places, such as with her re-contextualizing of coin wrappers and installation of blue branches, using so-called end products to set off onto creative journeys.
'ZERO' is like an element in nature, nothing but the key to everything. This project is about standing in or dancing with that element, taking it all and writing it down, recalling it, showing and existing. What we see here as the installation is an encounter with touches of time, suggestions, grafts of time. We see the mind at work with the visuality of deep surfaces, the specific branches (literally, in this case) of action and presence which creatively arise, one way or another, in our encounters with zero.
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