Wearing Memory: Haji OH
Haji Oh has lived in Japan as a third-generation Zainichi Korean. She is an accomplished installation textile artist, researcher and teacher. Oh graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with a Doctorate of Fine Arts (2012), a Masters of Arts in Fine Arts (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (2000). She has participated in Busan Biennale, Korea (2014); VOCA - Vision of Contemporary Art 2012, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (2012) and Inner Voices, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Most recently, she has presented solo exhibitions at Koganel Art Spot Chateau 2F, Tokyo (2014), and Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2013). Residencies have been undertaken at York University, York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto; Aomori Contemporary Art Centre; Textile Museum of Canada and The National Folk Museum, Seoul. As a lecturer Oh has taught at Kyoto City University of Arts, and Kyoto University of Arts and Design. In 2014, Oh relocated to Australia from Japan. The project for Oh's residency involves using the gallery as a studio and an installation space to generate a new body of work entitled Wearing Memory. The work explores the subject of memory through mixed media textile practices including weaving, dyeing and stitching as well as fibre construction and deconstruction processes.