Artist Statement

Ono works with time and memory, and explores human condition, geopolitical boundaries, and the history which the world has forgotten or de-experienced. 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.

'Like Camus said in 1946, I do not believe the achievement of universal happiness and satisfaction is possible, but I do believe in diminishing human sorrow. Therefore, I believe we artists must face uncertainty and identify the subtle changes in this world, and must strive to deliver our views and the ideas with honesty, more sensitivity, more justice and more empathy,’ Ono has said.

Time plays an active role in the unfolding of Ono's work. Many of his ongoing projects mark time and tell durational stories that marry the past to the present, and throw a gaze into the future.

‘My main medium is time, and I make collages with time and memory (either individual or collective). The work I produce today is a portrayal of the unknown and the known. I imagine my works to live through time and change over time, so I create 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. My role as a creator is to give contour to a narrative by making a poetic gesture. When a man loses hope, he dies. Alas, I am still alive. This is how I am feeling everyday.'