Through a multidisciplinary approach of drawing, painting, video and performance, I am interested in the weight and physical nature of memory—specifically from bi-cultural identities as a first generation Japanese immigrant in the US and as a former ballet dancer of sixteen years. The disparity between the body and mind, and the disparity between two different cultures has created a sense that I am a ghost floating between these worlds. I’m interested in investigating the power of the visual image as bodies in space and in relation to the viewer, through the lens of belonging and memory, between past and present.


© Kei Ota