Yukiomi Ogai (Japan, 1985): Two years ago, when I was in college my work was very unique. I made a lot of dicks. But I don’t know why I made those things. I’m not gay. I was thinking of dicks some day; I felt all things are dicks… (Points to all kind of things.) Everything is a dick! (Laughs.)
Y: (Is silent. Then:) But the dick is not important I think. My art changed after graduation. I am as always worried about my future. And I had to explain about my future to my family. I didn’t get employed. I think it’s common to be employed after graduation. But I didn’t. Now my parents are worried about me and my future.
HUP: How did this change your artworks?
Y: I tried to kill myself, because they where so worried. I took some pills… And I broke up with my girlfriend. But… one day I suddenly felt tempted to do calligraphy. Calligraphy saved me. (Shows some calligraphy works). Calligraphy is very traditional. (Shows a work called Shodo) Shodo is Japanese calligraphy. (Explains the calligraphy:) One / around here / Once / Writing / Way / Shodo / Way of writing.
Y: But Shodo is not important. The most important thing is: what makes me do something? Suddenly I’m tempted to Shodo or to painting. That is the most important: what makes me moving – without my consciousness… Why do you want to make your art? You cannot explain why. It’s not a theory. I don’t want to say: my art is contemporary art or installation art. It’s not important. Contemporary art or modern art is not important. I have no opinion about that. But if I say something I have to lend an art category. Because I’m making art. But it’s not important. Art is not important. Just to find out something is important for us.
Y: If we talk about something in English those words appear in my mind. When I deal with calligraphy these words appeared in front of me. It’s similar. Maybe the penis appeared too in front of me in my brains. I care about words since that’s happening.
Y: But maybe I made a mistake. Because I said something.