Time plays an active role in the unfolding of Ono's work. Many of his ongoing projects mark time and tell durational stories that tie the past to the present, and throw a gaze into the future that is just yet to become present.
‘My chief medium is time, and I make collages with time and memory (that of either individual or collective.) The work I produce today is a view, a perspective, a portrayal of the unknown and the known, an acknowledgement of the uncontrollable nature of the world around us. And, I feel that it is also a chain of hope... My work revisits the past, lives the present moment and creates the memories of the future. I encourage my work to live through time and change over time, so it is natural that they become a durational experience. Every form will pass away, but there remains the essence. The essence is in an idea, in our thinking and in our imagination.'
'I see my role as a creator is to give contour to a narrative by helping it make a poetic gesture and create a slightly more lasting resonance.'