In her studio in Wellington, New Zealand
Based in Wellington, New Zealand is an artist whose vibrant paintings capture the fluidity and fleetingness of ‘ordinary’ landscapes. I wanted to find out more…
I believe living in different cultures and cultures made me self aware of my identity since I was little. I am not sure if that has any obvious impact on my work. One great thing is I have been to museums and galleries in many countries. It is my love of nature that made me move to NZ. But, I am more interested in the universality of ordinary landscapes. Sometimes, when you are in the woods, you cannot really tell which country you are in and I like that feeling.
Yukari Kaihori – Under the Sky, Above the Sea I
2012. 23.4 H x 33.1 W x 0.2 in. Oil and Acrylics on Primed Panel.
Yes, I usually have a camera with me. I take pictures of the sites that appears/speak to me. I never paint on site. That is not my intention.
I use both control and uncontrolled techniques when painting. Acrylic paints are easy to control. Then I dilute oil paints on paper so it runs on the surface to make the uncontrolled parts of the paintings.
Yukari’s painting process up close in the studio.
I jump into the painting directly. I change the compositions – the whole picture depends on how the paints run on the surface.
I am not in any place to give anyone advice. But I would say to myself, in one’s early twenties – work, work, work and produce more work. It’s the only way to actually get somewhere rather than gaining a degree.
Surrounded by nature and light – the perfect birthplace for Yukari’s paintings.
Either. It’s the only challenge I don’t mind doing for good.
I like walking. I take a camera daily when going grocery shopping or when I go tramping for weeks. When I find a scene, which is ordinary but somehow speaks to me, I take photos. My work is not realistic but my interpretation of what I saw and a reconstruction of memories. Sometimes the photos aren’t that great as I often take photos when running or from moving car.
Paint goes on a dotted wander around the exhibition walls.
Get up around 7am, work in the studio until after noon. (have countless coffees and tea). Have lunch. Depending on how wet the surfaces are, I do paper works (admin stuff) and go back to paint until 4 or 5pm. Then, go for trail running. Some days I mostly do errands like going to framers, suppliers, etc. I try to maintain a regular schedule just as if I had a regular job.
I was not aware of this until my friend pointed that out to me, “you are working on Mono no Aware, right?” ( literally “the pathos of things”). Yes, I think I am connected to something similar to Shintoism how I view the world.
A fitting red dot sits beside a sold Yukari Kaihori painting.
Our Yukari Kaihori interview concludes with a big thanks to Yukari for taking the time to answer our questions and sharing the studio and exhibition images.
To see more of Yukari’s work check out our Yukari Kaihori page.