Yuko Mohri / Japan b.1980 / Breath or Echo 2017 / Modified pianos, street lights, lightbulbs, wood, electric motor, paper, iron, ceramic insulators, concrete, cables and magnets / Installed dimensions variable / Purchased with funds from Tim Fairfax AC through the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art Foundation 2018 /Collection: Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art / Installation view, Sapporo International Art Festival 2017 / © The artist / Photograph: Ikuya Sasaki / Image courtesy: The artist and Project Fulfill, Taipei

Yuko Mohri
Breath or Echo 2017

On Display: River Lounge

Breath or Echo 2017 is a sound installation inspired by Japanese modernist sculptor Sunazawa Bikky (1931–89) and the wild landscapes of Hokkaido in northern Japan. The delicate soundscape of self-playing objects refers to nature’s constant cycle of creation and decay. The work also features a recording of a poem Bikky composed to accompany his 1986 outdoor sculpture called Four Winds, to which Mohri’s Breath or Echo directly responds.

Using readymade materials, Yuko Mohri creates sound installations that play elegant compositions. With a background in music and intermedia art, Mohri has developed a practice based around automated instruments made from found materials that engage with the intangible elements of space, light and gravity. Many of her projects address themes — and use materials — relevant to a specific location. Her works are described as ‘kinetic’ sculptures, as they are activated by magnets, gravity and light, often with an in-built delay. Mohri is a versatile artist who produces theatre set designs, performances and photographic series in addition to her installations.

Contemporary context

How does Yuko Mohri:

  • use materials, technologies or approaches to affect the audience experience?
  • employ imagery and/or display techniques to challenge aesthetic traditions?

Personal context

How does Yuko Mohri:

  • communicate influences on her life and experiences?
  • generate ideas from her own experiences, imagination or memories?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

How does Yuko Mohri:

  • respond to cultural influences?
  • respond to influences of art movements, styles and origins of time and place?

Formal context

How does Yuko Mohri:

  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?
  • share characteristics with art movements, times, places or events?