Haruko Okano



Artist, Curator


Since the mid 1990s, Haruko Okano has changed the nature of her artistic practice and lifestyle to bring them into closer alignment with concerns for the natural environment and our impact on the future of this planet. Although her art education was totally Eurocentric, Okano has broken away from traditional genres and begun to integrate methods and means that include elements from her Japanese ancestry, and holistic traditions common to many cultures in the world of hunters and gatherers. She is a process based artist, which extends her research and production timeline considerably. Okano tends to use recycled materials, include more organic matter, and map her territory in search of the natural raw detritus sometimes used in her installations. Collaboration is an earmark of her practice, whether that be in community developed art, working in tandem with other artists, or in partnership with animals in their natural habitat.

Haruko Okano, 2023

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