Category Archives: Studio

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.

Solothurn | Switzerland 12/17- 03/18

Work in progress

The residency in Solothurn was one of a kind. Situated in the castle midtown I was facing the Aare and still was most of the time for myself alone. Starting in Dezember my family came to visit me for some weeks and soon enough I found some very interesting people I got friends with. For the first time I thought I could speak my native tongue at a residency but the Swiss dialect teached my otherwise. I got along quite well and learned fast to understand the people and follow their conversations.

The exhibition was hosted in a lovely Galerie, S11 and was not only remarkable in its setting but also well attended. All the experimental pieces and materials I was not too used to work with turned out great.

Daegu | Korea 06-09/17

The residency at Gachang Art Studio in Daegu in the middle of Korea was a most exciting experience. I stayed there in the summer at a former school which was designated as cultural hub for Korean and international artists. The residency was funded by the government so I received a monthly pocket money. Adam, an Irish video-artist was the only other non Korean and we became close friends in a joint effort to defy the circumstances. The exhibition was quite an success and an invitation for further show in Busan followed.

Shanghai | CN 11/16-03/17

The residence at the Swatch Peace Art Hotel was exciting beyond anything I could have imagined. I knew Shanghai before, when I was about five years ago for a street photography project. The residence experience started with a limousine at the airport and a most luxurious apartment and separate large studio in the historic building in the center of the city. Overlooking Bund and Pudong, about ten artists lived together and shared a breakfast and a chat in the morning.

The working opportunities were quite good, only the Internet restrictions proved to be a handicap. In the course of the months I got to know the city, but the Chinese artists in the residence were the only locals I got to know better. The solo exhibition six months later proved to be an astonishing show on approximately 600 square meters.

Tehran 09-10/16

The studio was located at the compound of the Austrian embassy. Therefore I could not invite any visitors. On the other hand I was allowed to use the pool of the ambassadors mansion. Turned out to be a good deal by the daily rise of local temperatures.