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Artist Statement

 

Ono creates installations, photographs and films that 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.

‘I am interested in art as a means to sharpen perceptions of being mortal and our relationship with the surrounding world. I encourage my works to be always in the mode of becoming. It is therefore simultaneously an act of accepting change and temporality. 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 resonance. It is my desire that my works engage with a phycological space of an individual, like a burning candle or a sweet-bitter chocolate that melts in your mouth.'

'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)

'I look at the current state of the world and what I feel is not so different from how Camus looked at it in 1946. Also, I do not think my generation is different from his generation in how we feel about the world. I think that is why I believe artists must carefully observe ourselves and the world; uncertainty, absurdity and cruelty that exists in it. We must identify subtle changes, and must strive to deliver our views, our ideas and our human warmth with honesty, more sensitivity, more justice and more empathy,' Ono has said.