Biography & Statement

I produce three-dimensional pieces that incorporate words as a representation of psychology and human behavior. Building upon the universal impulse to begin reading when presented with a text, my works ask questions about human self-awareness and subconsciousness.

Neuroscientists say that we have around 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, but that 90% of them are the same ones as we had yesterday. What this means that the same thoughts create the same emotion that creates the same action, which gets the same results. So the cycle of creation repeats.

And the words uttered regularly from the unconscious thought often include negative elements.

In this modern society, such words are often misrepresented and misused, and they exist as powerful forces that can hurt or kill others. However, if we choose to use words well and consciously, it is possible not to wait for outside circumstances to change, and let them exist as a positive force that can change the current situation.

By repeating words in my work as a three-dimensional linguistic maze, it expresses various “repetitions” of our life, such as unconscious cycles, perceptibility through repetition and habitual conscious choice.

In addition, I would like to explore processes that lead to areas beyond words through words, like resonance, recognition, understanding, and discovery, by visually enhancing with words the outline of the message which directly asks questions to each individual viewers experience and situation.

1980 Born in Shizuoka Japan.

2001 Study abroad in L.A for 2 years.

2007 Graduated from Tokyo Asagaya Art College, School of Image Creation.

2011 Moved to London and started a career as an artist.

2013 Back to Japan and held a solo show in Tokyo .

2014 Awarded the Special Jury Prize from the University of the Arts London Vice President, Chris Wainwright at Tokyo Designers Week Art Fair.

2015 Selected to exhibit at the international art fairs as ART FAIR TOKYO and KIAF.

2016 Moved to the Netherlands.

2018 Selected to exhibit at Artrooms in London.

2019 Selected for the Aesthetica Art Prize as a longlisted artist.





五百蔵由季 (いおろい ゆき)

心理学や人間の行動から着想を得て言葉を作り、それらを組み込んだ立体作品を主に制作しています。文章を提示されたときに読み始めるという普遍的な衝動に基づいて、私の作品は人間の自己認識や潜在意識に対して疑問を投げかけています。 神経科学者の研究によると人間は1日に約5万〜6万回思考するが、そのうちの90%は昨日と同じ内容だと言われています。それが意味するのは、同じ思考は同じ感情を生み、同じ行動を取らせ同じ結果を招くというサイクルに陥ることであり、無意識に繰り返される思考から習慣的に発せられる言葉は、暫しネガティブな要素を含んでいるということです。現代の社会においてそういった言葉は軽んじられ誤用されることが多く、他者を傷付けたり殺すこともできる強烈な力となって存在しています。しかし、私たちが言葉を意識的に上手く使うことを選択することによって、自分を取り巻く環境の変化を待つのではなく、自ら現状を変化させるプラスの力として存在させることも可能です。


1980   静岡出身

2001 渡米。L.Aにて2年間の留学

2007 東京阿佐ヶ谷美術専門学校、イメージクリエーション科卒業

2011 渡英。ロンドンを拠点に本格的に活動開始

2013 東京に拠点を移し国内にて初個展

2014 東京デザイナーズウィークのアートフェア(TDW ART FAIR) にてロンドン芸術大学副学長クリス・ウェンライト氏


2015 アートフェア東京やKIAFなど国内外のアートフェアに出展

2016   オランダに拠点を移す

2019 国際アートコンペティション Aesthetica Art Prize にて入選




Yuki blends the delicate material of paper with a bold and thoughtfully confrontational graphic style. She overlaps text with imagery to question our perceptions of self. She sees the power of words to be extremely evocative within her visual messages. Words for her have a unique power, they “…are beautiful and cruel. They have the power to save, change and kill people”. She describes words as powerful tools that are sometimes underestimated and misused. But that there is an optimism that we can change ourselves by choosing to use them well. It is an impowering statement of human opportunity, but one that comes with responsibility. 


Eyes are often portrayed across cultures as portals to the soul, Yuki replaces them with words. This elevates the power of the word but also de-personalises the subject so that it could be anyone. 

“If the words in the artwork personally resonates in your mind, the person in the artwork can be you.”

                                          by Emma Wilson, Art Historian, Curator and Writer