Michael Ocean
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Michael Ocean

Kia ora!

For several years now I have been developing my ‘artistry’ and bringing to the fore my ‘art’ as a ‘living performance artist’ – ‘living’, in the sense that I use unique contexts to either perform in (eg. a public space) and/or adorn in a particular way (eg. a temple or landscape), combined with the photographic recording of such.

I am drawn to the juxtaposition of difference/contrast/contradiction between the artist and the context, together with the use of music, waiata and dance within ritual woven around a core essence pertaining to ‘rainbow’ culture and gender.

Martin Luther King’s slogan of “I have a dream”, has resonated with me for most of my adult life. I now say: “I have had many dreams, and, they come to fruition! I am living my dreams!”

As early as about seven years of age, ‘dreaming’, in a reflective sense, has been my main modality for bringing a particular idea into life.

I have been visiting Asia since 2006. For the last few years I have been returning to Hoi An, Viet Nam, again and again, and at dusk when the lanterns come out I feel a sense of enchantment and magic – Thomas Moore wrote a book called The Re-Enchantment In Everyday Life.

As I get older and become more familiar with death and dying, I am inherently drawn to a greater sense of ‘spirit’ in my artistry.

I have had the opportunity to co-create with a local renowned photographer, Kiet Thai Tuan, and benefit from the goodwill of the people of Hoi An.

Michael Ocean Artist Profile

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