Ono creates installations, photographs and films using time, memory and metaphor as his central medium, and his works investigate and represent the process of transformation of nature and human life. In his decade filming Asia as a news cameraman, Ono had witnessed the rapidity with which stories and images decay as well as the role of society and the media in discouraging some stories. Ono creates his work in response to this past experience as a journalist.
The interplay of presence and absence is consisitant in his works. ‘My chief medium is time and memory, those tangible substances. I am interested in art as a means to sharpen perceptions of being mortal and our relation with the surrounding world. I am interested in time and different aspects of time. I encourage my works to live through time and change over time, thus they become a changing and durational composition. Every form will pass away, but the essence remains. 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.'
'This generation refuses absolute explanations and the rule of political philosophies, but wishes to affirm men and women in their flesh and in their striving for liberty. This generation does not believe the achievement of universal happiness and satisfaction is possible, but it does believe in diminishing human sorrow. It is because the world, in its essence, unhappy, that we need to create some joy. Because the world is unjust we need to work towards justice. And because the world is absurd, we must provide it with all its meaning.' -Albert Camus (1946)