It’s funny to read Japanese Yosuke Ueno describing his work process, and watch him compare himself to scientists and chemists, all jobs of certainty and rule, particularly because his own work has none of the apparent greyness of those more typical jobs.
“My hope is for a piece to complete itself beyond my imagination. I sometimes say that artists are parallel to scientists. Scientists have no way of knowing the result of an experiment beforehand. The same can be said about creating art.
The most important thing when I paint is to be very careful. It is a consciousness in which I can’t anticipate what kind of work will result. I hope to challenge in paint, what I couldn’t handle with my mind. An adventurer makes his way without fully knowing what lies ahead. A chemist never succeeds without experimentation. When I am working, I get to the point where I can’t even imagine the outcome, and then suddenly see a brand-new, beautiful path.”
Well, filled with beauty of the quirkiest surrealist kind, his work is (some of his noseless characters make me think of Yoda for some reason, maybe their aura of tired wisdom, and melancholic eyes that seem to have lived far more than you’d think ?!), and also of recurrent motifs, which he actually explains into great detail in his site, in what turns out to be a great wormhole into his brain!