< Image from the artist’s studio (2018). Photo by Vanessa Kwan.
Cindy Mochizuki (b. 1976 Vancouver BC) creates work that crosses disciplinary lines, but that is very often based in animation, performance and media practice. She is known as an artist who works intimately with archival materials, places of cultural and geographical significance, and, at times, her own family history. Mochizuki’s frequent use of fantastical characters and landscapes points to an enduring ‘otherworld’ that collectively speak of cultural trauma and its creeping, irrecuperable effects, and works such as Rock, Paper, Scissors (2017), Loch (2016) and Sue Sada Was Here (2018) combine documentary elements with exuberant narratives of fantasy and fiction. Her media work can be distinguished by the integration of social practice, and systems of exchange, trades and sharing feed directly into the presentation of the work, with the artist taking an active and sociable role in her exhibitions, performances and screenings.
Cindy Mochizuki, Loch (2016). Interdisciplinary performance. Photo by Tim Matheson.
Cindy Mochizuki, Sue Sada Was Here (2018). Film installation, 09:06 minutes. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography. Image courtesy of the artist.
Cindy Mochizuki, Sketches for Loch, 2016.
Cindy Mochizuki, Shako Club (2015). Community engaged project. Photo by Karlene Harvey. Courtesy of grunt gallery.
Cindy Mochizuki, Sketches for Shako Club, 2015.