創作理念 Artist Statement
Yuka Otani’s creative explorations focus on embracing unique characteristics of transparent materials. She loves the elusiveness of the materials, and how they are poised for change. With a multi-disciplinary style of studio practice she has been working in the crossover fields of fine art, design and science. Her current body of work investigates material transformation of sugar. Employing various media including sculpture, installation, print, and video, she extracts subtle moments of beauty from the quotidian material.
For a solo exhibition at Telling Arts, Otani will be presenting a series of artworks based on her ongoing fieldwork in Taiwan, namely at the residency programs at Kio-A-Thau Sugar Refinery Artist Village and Pier-2 Art Center. She has drawn her inspirations from a rich history of sugar industry in the area. Today, Taiwan’s sugar industry is in decline. Most of the sugar refineries closed their doors before 2000. Yet, sugar still remains as a significant cultural icon. There are many artefacts from the old days, one can easily find sugarcane and sugarcane juice vendors on a street, traditional local cuisines are notably sweeter than those of north. Focusing on sugar as her departure point of imagination, the artist creates a narrative that travels between the worlds of reality and dream, ordinary and sublime.
Granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, digital video 13 minutes loop