Entrevista Original (en ingles). Yuka Yamaguchi.
Wsks.-Do you think that things that are real and things that are surreal are not separated? If so, how do you think they are related?
Yuka.-To me, surreal things are created in a reality, my reality. What I draw is deeply connected to how i feel at the moment. My images are my realizations of my ideas and emotions, captured by color pencils. That’s how i express my reality.
Wsks.-How do you think that animals are linked to humans?
Yuka.-Humans are linked to animals, i think, not other way around. Our behavior is very animal-like. ))
I have a two-year old son. I enjoyed his first non-verbal year — being very aware of eye contact, smells, touch, etc. When i was cuddling with him, i felt like a bear.
(I find things sensual amusing. For example, I remember a particular smell of my childhood. Every time I encounter the smell, I’m back in particular time when i was a child.)
Wsks.-In which way did your children influence your art?
Yuka.-I was using vivid colors when i was pregnant. Before then, i mostly preferred gentle pale tones.
Spending time with my boy, observing him growing every day, has had a strong impact on me. Sometimes, I almost forgot that I was there. I was always watching him. I didn’t lose my eyes, but my eyes were always looking outward and never looked inward last two years. At one point, I think
In retrospect, I was drawing a girl with a huge heart on top and eventually the heart ran away and
Eventually my head grew back, but so far I don’t seem to have a body yet.
I drew ‘new heartbeat‘ right after i first listened to my baby’s heartbeat with a doppler. I used very vivid colors for the drawing. after giving birth, I continue to use both pale tones and vivid tones.i forgot what i looked like.grew a tree with no leaves during that time.
Wsks.-What is most likely source of inspiration for you, “bad” feelings or “good” ones?
Yuka.- Frustration with unfairness or dishonesty helps me a lot. I visualize things simultaneously no matter what, but when I’m angry the images flow.
((So, for your question, it’s good and bad feelings, both.))
Wsks.-what is art for you?
Yuka.-I still feel uncomfortable describing what I do is art, or calling myself an artist. Drawing makes me happy.
Wsks.-Could you share one of your biggest fantasies?
Yuka.-I want to be an ugly flying invisible woman, who worries about her appearance even though no one can see her.
Wsks.-Coffee or tea?
Yuka. – I go for milk. I drink coffee more often than tea, but the coffee i drink is 80% milk.
Wsks.- Do you use art as a shield, or as weapon? why?
Yuka. – It’s more like a fish net trap. I don’t use my drawings to send a message or relieve my feelings. Often I only realize what’s in my mind after the fact. I’m surprised by what i end up drawing.
Wsks.- what do you know about mexican culture?
Yuka. – Not much, sorry.
I like movies though.
“Y tu mama tambien” and “Children of Men” directed by Alfonso Cuaron. He’s fantastic.
And “Amores Perros”, directed by Inarritu.
Wsks.- do you know any mexican artist?
Yuka. – Frida Kahlo.
I don’t know much about art history and i don’t really follow much of what people are doing in contemporary art.
Wsks.- which museum or gallery would you really love to expose your work?
Yuka.- Nowhere, really. These days, I’m not particularly interested in exhibiting my work in a gallery. I like the act of drawing, not showing. I don’t even look at my drawings after I drew them. I don’t display my drawings at home. They all sit in a closet or a file. I’m not interested in looking at my drawings at all.
I use my blog to keep track of what i’m working on. That’s enough for me. To me, drawing is something internal.
Wsks.-do you think that the difference between oriental and occidental culture has affected your work?
Yuka.- I don’t think so. I don’t think physical location determine what you create. It all depends on your place of thought. Whether I live in Japan or Canada or anywhere else, I basically live in my head. My work will be the same. But the time might affect how/what I draw. I don’t/can’t draw the same things that drew in 2006 even though i know they are very popular. I’m a different person every day.
Wsks.- What advice can you give to all the emerging artists?
Yuka. – Don’t listen to what other people say — just listen to yourself. Having no ears might be a good start.