Swiss Pandemic Exile

A fresh insight into my most recent work from my Swiss exile. Reflecting on pandemic shelter. Working with the negative slides refreshes my memories of the summer in the Alps living in a Swiss castle. The poetic times are obvious gone, shelter and isolation is about to visit again. The analogue photography completes my works of paper clothes and taxidermic sculptures.
Starting the project in March with Max Frisch‘s „Man in the Holocene“ I would like to finalize with a poem:
In die Mulde meiner Stummheit
leg ein Wort
und zieh Wälder groß zu beiden Seiten, daß mein Mund
ganz im Schatten liegt.
Ingeborg Bachmann, 1953

Shanghai | Regarding Hope

Remembering Shanghai at the Swatch Peace Art Hotel I also think of all these interesting artists from all over the world which I met. Han Feng, a gifted painter who has also designed a collection watch for Swatch in 2019 was one of them. Our portrait session turned out quite well and this week I processed some old negative slides I never considered before. Hope you like the result. Yu Jidong 于继东 was another artist I learned to appriciate at the residency in Shanghai. Very humble, he introduced me to his family and his lovely daughter was a big help for my own art work research. And of course Soyung, a Korean artist which became a close friend of mine.

TallinN | Zeigeist

The Winter in Estonia was quite remarkable. My photographic work and exhibition worked out great. I was invited to a traditional wedding by one of my new friends where I danced for the first time in years. People were nice and warmhearted, maybe comes with the cold weather and the snow.

Theran | Relentless

Working again on the analoge slides from Iran. It was a most alienating experience and as a matter of fact a very nice and warm one too. I was the last artist who got the chance to get a funded residency at the Austrian embassy in Tehran in 2016. After that it was closed for good and the regime became even more restrictive towards foreigners and local artists. Since then is very hard to get into the country as foreign artist and work there at a residency.

Prosthetic memories | Brig, CH

As a guest of the Kunstverein Oberwallis (KVO) and the municipality of Brig-Glis I worked in the studio in the Fernanda of Stockalperhaus. From July 4 on, I showed what was created there under the title “Prosthetic Memories” in the KVO gallery “zur Matze”.

Lothar Berchtold wrote in the Walliser Bote 2.7.2020:
You can discover portable sculptures from old books and with current texts and drawings, lamb skulls covered with holy images and text, and reading woods. What she wants with her art? “To conserve things that are subject to decay and destruction, and thus to give old things a new existence,” the artist answers us during our visit to her studio.

Interview in the Swiss Local TV
Walk Through the Exhibition

Brig | Switzerland 03-08/20

I arrived in Switzerland one week before the lockdown facing not only the pandemic but also a three month isolation in my apartment and studio. Fortunately the residence was located in the old castle of Kaspar Stockalper built in the 17th century. On the bright side I could start working for my solo exhibition ‘Prosthetic Memories’ without any distraction. My focus was on wearable paper sculptures, taxidermy objects and some Covid related drawings. The residency lasted until August with the main exhibition in July when public events were possible again.

Born in isolation, the project “Prosthetic Memories” was originally inspired by Max Frisch’s story: Man appears in the Holocene. “Disasters are known only by man, nature knows no disasters” writes the author. His protagonist, alone in a valley in Ticino, he deals with the loss of memory in the narrative.

My own residency in JAPAN

Onishi: In 2019 finally I was able to acquire my own home in Japan. Before that I rented different places all these years, where I stayed for a few months. By the way, this is the first house I ever owned. Together with my family I hope to settle down here soon. The house consists mainly of an old part, which was built 80 years ago in the traditional style. The rooms for the children, the kitchen and the bathroom were later built in modern style. The newest structure on our property is the garage. It is huge and will be transformed into a stylish studio for my work. And a motorcycle for my husband, I guess.

About 90km from Tokyo it is a reasonable commute. With two Onsen in town and woods and mountains around the corner I experienced it as a perfect place for work and leisure. But best of all I made a lot of friend over the years, many of them artists, which I am so eager to meet.