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Watchlist Artist: Sandra Ono

On and around the platform above Southern Exposure’s entranceway, Sandra Ono’s new site-responsive piece, titled Engrams, appears both translucently crystalline and oddly synthetic—by turns attractive and repellent. Ono, in residence at Southern Exposure during the months of April and May 2013, uses everyday materials to investigate ideas of memory and body.

An engram is posited by some scientists to be a change in the structure of the brain’s neural tissue—a process that forms a physiologic memory trace. Thought to be a neurological explanation for how memories are stored, their exact form and location have been debated for decades. Ono was drawn to thinking about them as physical markers of the abstract experience of memory. More than fleeting experiences, engrams are things that actually exist; they are physical traces of how the body responds to the world around it.

(text source: Southern Exposure)

Sandra Ono, Engrams installation view, 2013, Plastic sandwich bags, hot glue; Courtesy the artist and Southern Exposure.


More on Sandra Ono (b. Los Angeles)

Sandra Ono is a mixed media artist whose work investigates the experience of the human body.  Ono was born in Los Angeles, California and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She received her MFA from Mills College and her BA from the University of California, Davis.  Ono has exhibited at the di Rosa Preserve, Electric Works, Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Santa Clara University, Swarm Gallery, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary and San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California, and Conduit Gallery in Dallas, TX.  She is a recipient of the Jay de Feo Merit Award, Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship Award and the Kala Art Institute Fellowship and Residency Award.  Ono has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute and Headlands Center for the Arts.

(text source: Southern Exposure)

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(Image on top: Sandra Ono, Engrams installation in progress, 2013, Plastic sandwich bags, hot glue; Courtesy the artist and Southern Exposure)

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/28/13

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