Yuko Uchida was born in Japan and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Uchida studied Fashion Design at Nagoya
College of Fashion. During this time, she assisted several fashion photographers, which inspired her to switch her creative focus towards fine arts. In 2007, Uchida moved to New York
City and began her studies in drawing, printmaking and installation art at National Academy School of Fine Arts.
Her experience in Fashion Design served her well and continues to inform her art as she repeatedly uses fabric, line and form in her constructions.
In 2009, Uchida was awarded the prestigious David McFadden award from the ISE Cultural Foundation. Her work was exhibited in ISE Selected Young Artists Show at Tamada Project Museum Tokyo, Japan in December.
In 2013, her work was selected in the 6th showcase competition in ArtSlant.
In 2017, she performed with her collaborators in her works at Judson Memorial Church, National Academy Museum, Ideal Glass Studio and Fort Tilden.
She has been participating in group exhibitions in New York City and Tokyo and has been published in publications and newspapers stateside and abroad including Hyperallergic, Art Observed, Arts Life and Arti.NYC.
As of August 2018, Yuko’s artwork is featured in UNIQLO’s Autumn/Winter 2018 advertisements, in stores and on websites worldwide.
I am interested in human emotions and psychology. I believe our emotional systems are mostly constituted with childhood experiences and these are deeply related to nature spirits and nature cycles. My childhood experiences and background of Japanese shintoism are rooted in my philosophy. I grew up in the suburb in Japan, one of my playground was shrine and I was a Miko which is shrine maiden. As I was a sensitive child, I was feeling of people's emotions deeply and was seeing them as opposed side of faces from appeared face in people.
I express invisible emotions behind of reality and also I create my works with feelings inspired by relationship between nature spirits and myself.I work in varied mediums including performance and stop- motion video. The finished product sometimes results in paintings and other times in installations made from unconventional materials.
Although I am working with some complex theme, there is often an element of playfulness from childhood experiences.
2009年、イセ文化基金NYギャラリーで行われた、アート学生展覧会 in NY 2009でDavid McFadden賞を受賞。同年12月にタマダプロジェクトにより行われた、ISE Selected Young Artists Showに参加。
Hyperallergic, Art Observed, Arts Life 等のアート誌でも取り上げられている。
2018年の秋冬にUNIQLOのクリエイターシリーズに起用。2018, 12月から2019, 1月にかけて、Chashama 14streetで初の個展開催。パフォーマンスアートで知られる、Judson Memorial Churchで毎年行われるパフォーマンスフェスティバルへの参加もしている。
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