Yuki Aruga – England

Yuki’s work is a response to her fixation with time; her attempt at stopping its incessant passing, to hold something still and immovable, preserving it in a particular moment. She aims 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 Yuki will 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. Yuki endeavour to bring a silence to her work that allows one to consider the overlooked and to observe nature more closely. She likes to think that perhaps she is giving permanence to something transitory and insignificant.