Yuka Oyama artist talk | The Stubborn Life of Objects

Thursday November 16, 6pm | FREE
10A02 Theatrette, The Old Museum Building, Massey University, Wellington

The lecture will be followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist.

In her work Yuka Oyama explores the relationships people have with objects; for example, how jewellery often provides an intimate link between a human, a physical body, and experiences. Oyama’s sculptural imaginings have been described “as full of strangely mechanical inter-human relations and futuristic human-object rituals”.

During her residency in Wellington, Oyama will work on a new research project Helpers – Changing Homes. She will begin by interviewing a group of volunteer participants to unearth the emotional and psychological connections they make through the ‘things’ they carry with them as they travel from place to place. Oyama believes that objects come to ‘life’ when we think about them not simply as functional objects but as ‘things’ we invest narratives in that keep us connected to people and the place we call home. In Helpers – Changing Homes she will investigate our relations to material culture and the ways we might define ‘home’ when home is constantly changing.

Image: Yuka Oyama,  Encapsulation Suits – Bag of Flour. 2016. Photography by Attila Hartwig.

Date(s) - 16/11/2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm