Meet Artist-in-Residence
Yuki Maruyama

May 2, 2017

Posted In: 2016 Artists in Residence, Blog

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in six different countries. Tokyo, Japan is where I spent the most amount of time— I lived there between the ages of 9 and 16. I went to a French school during this period, so my formative years were particularly complex, culturally speaking.

How did you find out about Anderson Ranch Arts Center?
I heard amazing things about the Ranch from a colleague while I was in residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

What are you working on during your residency?
I am working on red and cyan drawings that explore the effect of binocular rivalry— the phenomenon caused by 3D glasses in which the right eye and left eye are receiving conflicting information. The result is a constant and cacophonous flickering between background and foreground, 2D and 3D, and positive and negative space. The parts cannot be resolved as a complete whole, and the image is at odds with itself. Within the drawings are a sense of internal tension that is both bodily and psychological, echoing my own experience of geographic and personal confusion and fragmentation. I have recently transitioned from works on paper to a large-scale wall drawing.

Has your residency at Anderson Ranch affected your practice at all? How so?
I have met so many incredible artists at the Ranch whose practices, insight, and support have been a tremendous inspiration. I have begun some very exciting conversations with co-residents about possible collaborations in the future.

How do you describe your artistic practice?
I am highly invested in drawing and its infinite possibilities. My work favors a graphic and minimal approach to form, with a strong interest in multiple vantage points, interpretations and viewing experiences. Recent projects have incorporated two and three-dimensional pictorial spaces, modular components, the use of binoculars as a viewing and framing device and drawings on mirrored surfaces.

What role does art play in your life?
Art allows for the creation of personal culture and meaning when so many aspects of our daily lives are reliant on passive consumption — of products, services, information, philosophies, politics and beliefs.

When do you make art in the studio?
I am the night owl of the group and tend to work evening through morning!

How do you spend your time when not working in the studio? 
Doodling, writing, reading, seeking out visual and aural input that gets my synapses firing. Sleeping and downtime are also crucial.

What intrigues you in the art world today?
I am particularly inspired by the Japanese experimental theater, film and graphic arts of the 1960’s.

What is your favorite part about Anderson Ranch?
The community of brilliant, dedicated, and extraordinarily kind fellow residents and staff!

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