Akemi Ohira

I am an artist who strives to illuminate and tease stereotypes, first impressions, preconceived notions and daily glitches that make us pause, for more than a fraction of a second.

In my work, I try to engage the viewer directly, with the hope that they can disregard what they already know, in light of what they see and how they react to it. The titles I provide to individual pieces are meant as a provocation for expanding the visual expectation of the audience. I deconstruct and reconstruct forms, so the viewer can analyze the pieces presented in front of them as a new "idea", thus encouraging them to deny the obvious. I invite my audience to decide the meaning of the piece by tapping into their own memories and experiences.