Severance

Yuki Aruga

Year:

2015

Media:

Oil on linen

Size (cm):

100 x 100 x 3

London 2018

Other works

Whole to Part

Yuki Aruga

Year:

2016

Media:

Oil on linen

Size (cm):

100 x 100 x 3

London 2018

Never Ever

Yuki Aruga

Year:

2014

Media:

Oil on canvas

Size (cm):

90 x 120 x 3.5

London 2018

Biography

Born 1985
Lives and works between London and Llanidloes, Wales

2005-08 Camberwell College of Arts UAL | 1st class BA Hons Fine Art Painting
2004-05 Wimbledon School of Arts UAL | Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Artist statement

The work is a response to my fixation with time; my attempt at stopping its incessant passing, to hold something still and immovable, preserving it in a particular moment. I aim to address these anxieties and a sense of an allotted time, by using the brief phases of perpetual and cyclical processes present in nature.
Each year a flower will repeat the process from bud to decay. The works are a record of moments at various points during a flower’s brief life. The presence of birds wings suggest both the celestial and the vessel like nature of the body, defunct and discarded at the point of death. Collectively, these elements demonstrate the fragility of life and irrevocable demise.
Often I set subjects within a black abyss, suspended, ungrounded and displaced, to engage only with the form. Negative spaces and partially erased imagery allow a sense of presence through absence, alluding to notions of the void, loss and boundlessness.
I endeavour to bring a silence to my work that allows one to consider the overlooked and to observe nature more closely. I like to think that perhaps I am giving permanence to something transitory and insignificant.