• Born 1980 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan

As a woman living and working in Japanese society, Usui Yui creates work that unravels modern and contemporary history, questioning the viewer about the position of women. In shadow of a coin (2013-2016) and shadow work (2012-2016)—pieces that attack gender imbalances (the “shadowed” side of women and labor in capitalist society) and that characterize her expressive direction—organdy is embroidered with sharp, though at first glance delicate, messages. The very fact that Usui’s work is based on women eschews simply observing the history and experiences of the other, rather representing her commitment to attempting to intervene as a party directly concerned—a practice she is currently in the process of developing further.

Selected Works

VOCA2018, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Assembridge NAGOYA 2016, PANORAMA GARDEN -Discovering Signs in an Alternative Ecosystem-, Former Minato Dormitory of Nagoya Customs, Aichi, Japan
shadow work (solo), Oyama City Kurumaya Art Museum, Tochigi, Japan
  • shadow of a coin, 2013-2018, shadow work, Oyama City Kurumaya Art Museum, Tochigi, Japan
  • Photo: Shinya Kigure