My inspiration stems from observations of natural life forms and processes. Organisms like insects and flowers have forms and functions familiar yet foreign to us. At a glance, they may seem simple and go unnoticed, but a little curiosity and observation reveals a universe of complex, intelligent systems. The wonder and reverence I feel in this study is what drives my work, and the results take various directions.
In drawings, animations, and sculptural installations, I bring forth the energy and life force of a living form by abstracting and transforming its elements. A delicate flower may explode like a bomb, or become a planet in a galaxy. In my animations, I study natural processes such as the insect metamorphosis, and recreate them using new timing and scale. Essentially, I am interpreting natural forms and phenomena in synthetic plastics and digital formats.
Yuko Oda was born in Tokyo, and is currently living and working in New York.
Yuko Oda’s sculpture, drawings, and animations have been exhibited at the Dumbo Arts Festival, NY, OZASAHAYASHI, Kyoto, Calvin-Morris Gallery, NY, Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo, Lumenhouse Art Space, NY, Beijing Today Art Museum, China, Gallery Aferro, NJ, 3RD WARD, NY, and the Artist Network Gallery, NY, among others. Her artwork is archived in the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center, as well as Nurture Art Artist Registry. Her work has been included in numerous international art fairs including the DIA Center (NY), Art Supermarket (Stockholm), Art Miami Basel (FL), Bridge Art Fair (NY), Diva Art Fair (Paris), and Scope Art Fair (Basel, NY). Oda obtained her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and BA in Studio Art and Philosophy from Duke University. She was an art resident at Byrdcliffe Artist Residency and Goetteman Artist Residency in 2015, Chashama North in 2010, the Vermont Studio Center in 2008, and at the School of Visual Arts Painting Residency in 1999. She teaches in the Art and Design Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.