Yuta Uchida is a representational artist. He uses oil as a main medium. He is interested in the juxtaposition of imegeries and symbols as a way to convey the complexity of cultural identity. Currently, he is earning MFA at Minneapolis College of Art and Design pending May 2019.
I moved to the US from Japan six years ago, and the experience of living in this country as a foreigner has been making me think about my identity constantly. I am especially interested in dichotomy, multiplicity and the unfixed nature of cultural identity. The paintings I create are my attempt to investigate the topic by juxtaposing imageries and creating surreal objects and spaces.
Body plays an important role in my work as a surface on which the effect of cultures and societies emerge. Having been exposed to different cultures and values, the process of parsing out the complexities of cultural versus personal identity could be meaningful, despite the lack of sense in trying to lock down a single point of view on it. The juxtaposition of imageries shows my personal attempt in this process, to understand and confront my identity. More often than not, it is just overflowed with imageries and ideas, and I get lost. The deformed, mutated, or monstrous appearance of the figures are elements that suggest the inner energy that consistently grows and overflows a preconceived identity and framework.
My painting evolves throughout the process of making, and I am willing to accept conflicts and ambivalence in my work. The work can be intuitive but also reasoned. I hope my painting can grow to accommodate both familiarity and otherness. By exploring a grotesque yet playful imagery, my work reflects this inquiry of my cultural and perhaps national identity as a foreigner, person of color, and Japanese.