Oasis, 2011
HD Single-channel video and photographic lightboxes

Nest, video, 10m26s
The Deities, duratran prints and custom wooden lightboxes, 50x50x15cm

Oasis explores the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori or 'shut-in syndrome'. After experiencing a social trauma, hikikomori confine themselves to their bedrooms for days, months and in extreme cases, years on end, existing on a diet of anime, manga, gemu (video games), online chats and forums. Over one million hikikomori exist in Japan, with at least that number of family members supporting, feeding and clothing their reclusive (and typically male) child.

Oasis references both the nest-like bedrooms of hikikomori and the Shinto myth of Amaterasu, the sun goddess, who plunged the world into darkness after retreating into a cave. Video work Nest, is a collaboration with renowned Japanese butoh performer Yumi Umiumare who re-imagines a 21st century Amaterasu. Oasis also draws from memories of seminal teenage angst and the sanctuary and solitude of a ‘room of one’s own’.

Coca-Cola Deity  

Pink Sashimi Deity  

Burger Deity  

Red Sushi Deity