Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Yoko Inoue is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as an assistant to archivists at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan and Japan Society in New York in the Performing Arts Department prior to MFA degree at Hunter College of the City University of New York.
Inoue explores the commoditization of culture, assimilation and identity issues in the form of installation and public intervention performance art. Often using traditional ceramic methods, the underlying theme of her object making is derived from her examinations of economic factors, cultural values, socio-political implications behind products in the context of globalization.
Inoue’s work has been shown at Brooklyn Museum, SculptureCenter, Momenta Art, The Bronx Museum and Art in General in New York, UCLA, Yerba Buena Arts and other national and international venues. She has received Guggenheim Fellowship, The Joan Mitchell Grant, NYFA Fellowship, Lambent Fellowship, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, Franklin Furnace Performance Fund, LMCC GAPS 9-11 Fund, State Department Cultural Specialist Grants, Anonymous Was A Woman Award and other grants. Residencies include Skowhegan, .ekwc (European Ceramic Work Center) in The Netherlands, Civitella Ranieri in Italy and Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil. Most recently she was awarded Paris Residency by Direction des Affaires Culturelles (Mairie de Paris) and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council of New York.
Currently Inoue is a faculty member of Visual Arts at Bennington College, Vermont USA.