Yuko Uchida was born in Japan. In 2008, she moved to Brooklyn, NY. In 2009, Uchida was awarded the prestigious David McFadden award from Ise Cultual Foundation. In 2013, her work was selected in the 6th showcase competition in Artslant.
The core of my work is inspired by emotions and memories born out of the trauma I experienced in childhood.
It was confusing to be surrounded by so many diverse and sometimes conflicting emotions such as suspicion, loneliness, shame, anger, and joy. I was keenly aware that I had to suppress myself. All these experiences have shaped my identity as the woman that I am today.
In my work, I give voice to these complex and unspoken feelings, bearing witness to the particularities of my experience and giving free expression to my personal truth.
The themes that repeat themselves in my work have to do with fragmentation, brokenness, entrapment, and self-realization.
I work in varied mediums sometimes resulting in flat mixed media pieces, and other times in installations or sculptures made from unconventional materials.
I often employ fabric and wire in my work, creating my own take on sculptures, tapestries and structural installations.
Although I am working with complex themes, there is often an element of playfulness and humor in my work.
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