Meg Yamamoto is an MFA student at UBC Okanagan, completing her degree in the summer of 2018.
Meg’s research explores the process of connecting to place through creating place-based art, particularly in the perspective of an artist surrounded by an unfamiliar environment. Her work looks at the various lifeforms observed in the Okanagan (both native and alien) and how they contribute to the Okanagan’s place identity. She examines how the process of encountering, observing, identifying, and appreciating the lifeforms of the environment in order to establish familiarity over time plays an important role in the development of one’s “sense of place”. Through heuristic reduction (the method of overcoming the taken-for-granted attitude by viewing the world through the eyes of wonder), Meg illustrates the ordinary and commonplace of nature as significant and definitive aspects of the Okanagan.
Meg ‘s MFA thesis exhibition, Objects in Suspension was in the FINA Gallery from June 16 to 29, 2018.
She installed a previous installation of Objects in Suspension in the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art from April 13 to May 5, 2018.