Yue Nakayama

Still life with fruits and vegetables and chicken, Video installation, 10:00 min / dimension variable



Feelings. We feel so many different feelings everyday. I wonder how many feelings we have in a span of a person’s life. Can we articulate what we feel at the moment? How are all those feelings affecting our heath, daily activities, and future of our planet? I’m very concerned and interested in the politics of emotion and how feelings affect politics. Everything is personal. People often judge political concerns within a binary logic of right and wrong. Can feeling be right and wrong too? Do we have right feelings and sometimes can our feelings be wrong? My works often introduce banal everyday moments into larger political conversations. My work is characterized by the use of metaphor, poetic texts, absurdist logic, and narrative.



Yue Nakayama's practice consists of writing, talking, and moving-image production. Fractured circular story telling becomes the center of many of her projects. Stories told by media, strangers on the street, and her personal narratives are combined into video, audio, and performance pieces. The work addresses themes of alienation and existential contemplation about human nature. Nakayama earned a BFA from Denison University, an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and attended the Skowhegan School of Paining and Sculpture. The artist has exhibited her work and performed at such venues as the ICA Philadelphia, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Tiger Strikes Asteroid at Satellite Project in Miami, MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles, and Lawndale Art Center in Houston. Nakayama is currently an artist-in-residence at the Core Program at Museum of Fine Arts Houston.