Art

For the latest on my art, please check out my blog post:
http://www.destroyermariko.com/2018/02/09/art-i-made-last-year/
I’ll be updating this page very soon with my favourite works from last year.

In 2016, I began the Master of Art course at UNSW. I’ve always had an interest in creative endeavours, but after the death of my grandparents in 2015, I found myself thrown back into my worst episode of depression to date. Until this point in my life, I hadn’t considered art to be a real option for me to pursue. It was only through experiencing intense suicidal ideations that I began to realise that I had nothing to lose by following my interests into this field. I don’t know what the future will bring or whether I could some day make a living from my art, but right now, art is helping me live. Already in this course, I’ve been able to explore the issues of my mental health, particularly in the artwork above. It examines death and mourning in human cultures, taking into account my half-Japanese Australian background, as well as my immersion in the age of social media. If you would like to read more about this artwork, I’ve shared the full description on the video’s YouTube page.

Below are some more examples of art I’ve produced recently. For the most part, I’ve been working on developing my painting skills, as I find the process to be calming and meditative when I feel down. However, I also like to branch out, and occasionally incorporate sculptural, electronic, and interactive elements as well. Click on the images to find out more about each work.