Yebu-Tonu is an amazing Digital Artist that Kaleidoscopic Label connected with through the Glitch Artist Collective, an online community of data benders and digital punks with no limits to how they use technology to create. Check out this in depth interview with Yebu!
Let's start with the basics...
Now we're going to talk about your creativity...
8. What kind of art do you make? Why?
I have made, and make, a combination of glitch art and 3D art. Recently I have tried combining some of the concepts I understand in theory into my art, such as psychoanalysis. I’m sure if I wasn’t creating in a digital format of art, I’d be trying to express myself in other ways. One could say I have a lot to “sublimate” from within my body, and making art is as much creative as it is connected to my symptoms.
9. Do you feel different? If so,when did you first discover that you
I’m sure all of us feel a bit different? Or I would hope so, as individual subjects can be quite different from one another. I suppose, in terms of myself, I definitely did feel a bit like an “alien” or “outsider” growing up. Although, I think a lot of these things stem from pretty likely locutions in the end: your familial environment, historical conditions, how you’re thrown, etc.
10. Did you have a hard time “fitting in”in school growing up?
Somewhat implicit in the last question, yes, I did. I rarely “fit in” when growing up. In high school, my best attempts at growing up and fitting in came from trying to embellish a masculinity in me, I felt was mandated by older boys and young men. It was also a means of being able to “work through” other complexes in myself I had no language for at the time. Suffice to say, I’m no long a big weight lifter, and instead prefer making art and reading today.
11. When did you discover your creative abilities?
Probably around the age of 14 when I got access to this game called Jedi Knights Jedi Academy, and installed this server-side mod (Lugormod) for a server I started that allowed the admin to sort’of re-script the game using its own libraries while playing it. I built entire cities, quests, attractions, etc. It was probably the first time I felt genuinely creative, and also responsible in creating a small online community.
12. Did your family encourage you to pursue a creative life, or
did they try to convince you to try and be something else?
It definitely was a mixed bag. I think my family a lot of the time was trying to figure out what to do with me and my anxiety. My desires seemed to be all over the place (and sometimes that continues today), so it was difficult for them, as much as for myself, to orient things such as creative pursuits.
Now let's talk about your artwork...
18. What are your mediums?
My mediums are Cinema 4D, Daz Studio, Photoshop, After Effects, Processing, Python, and the list goes on…
19. What have you been working on lately?
Mostly on client work recently. However, I’ll soon be getting a new computer, so hopefully I’ll be letting out some exciting stuff around the corner.
20. Do you have a favorite piece that you've made? Why?
I’d have to say I have two favorite pieces currently, not one. The first being the animation I created called Waterslide. The second being a still I made called Narcissistic Perversions. Both are inspired by psychoanalytical material.
21. Do you have any exhibitions coming up?
Not currently—just finished working with a client for a good period of time, so I need to start submitting and creating again soon.
22. Do you have a dream exhibition in mind?
Five words: biofeedback cubist video projection installation.
23. Do you have any favorite signs or symbols?
Enactments “symbolically” have been something I’m interested in exploring further. How are the characters interacting with each other? What are they doing? What are their relations to one another in and of-themselves?
24. What, if anything, are you trying to say with your art?
To speak from somewhere raw or more refined, that maybe plays with the tension or boundary of something either being raw or refined. At-least that is the best thing I can really say for now.
25. Do you have any advice or wisdom that you would like for the
world to absorb?
Really interrogate with where your desires and feelings come from, and “enjoy” your symptom.
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