November 25th, 2012 - December 16th, 2012
Tsuchiya’s practice explores the disconcertion that can be found between the personal and social worlds. Her work includes creating performances, videos, and live events. She often incorporates soft sculptures, costumes, masks, and home cooking. These function as props in an alternate environment that make space for different behavior. She works with the binaries of, for example, animal/human and adult/baby to strange and humorous effect. She is interested in challenging the viewer to negotiate his or her own personal and physical boundaries. For instance, sometimes the audience is not invited to participate; instead they find themselves part of an orchestrated scene. Tsuchiya blurs and removes the neutralizing, distanced aspect of making her work obviously ‘art’.
Urara was born and raised in Japan. She completed her BA in fine art at Goldsmiths in 2007, and MFA at The Glasgow School of Art in 2012. She currently lives and works in Glasgow.