Emmy Yoneda is a collision of cultures. Her father is from Osaka and her mother is from Glasgow. She has been raised with two cultural identities, and the exploration and influence of these are integral to her practice. When asked where she comes from, she responds almost habitually. Internally however, she realises that being a product of two halves raises the questions: Does she inhabit each side equally, or at all? Her work is an attempt at answering these questions, and through the variety of forms and methods this takes, she has come to realise that the answer lies somewhere in the feeling of placelessness.

 

Having been raised in a multilingual household, language and conversation hold something of symbolic value for Emmy. Through the audio recording of interviews, conversations and singing lessons, she attempts to uncover what exists in that space in between; the space in which a different exchange to what is being said can occur. Whether spoken or sung, these exchanges become a way to learn about the personal landscapes she has inherited and how those moments belonging to someone else’s past, someone else’s landscape, have contributed to her own identity and experience of placelessness.