Episode 5: Haruko Okano
Haruko Okano is a professional interdisciplinary artist with a practice that spans over 30 years. In her work Haruko integrates her concerns for the environment and our impact on the future of this planet, human rights and the notion of culture as an integral part of her lifestyle. Although her art education was Eurocentric, she has broken away from traditional genres and has started 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. Haruko is a process-based artist and tends to use recycled materials, including organic matter and natural raw detritus, in her installations.
Art Talking Women is a series of intimate conversations with a variety of hosts where female-identified artists discuss their creative process as well as their relationship with community and technology. Art Talking Women celebrates and showcases practicing Canadian women artists to the world through evolving podcast technology, internet-based social networks, and digital distribution. This project was initiated by Margaret Dragu, the winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Award, and developed into a three part collaboration between Cinevolution Media Arts Society, Margaret Dragu’s DWI (Dragu Worker International) Production and VIVO Media Arts Centre.