Oyama just recently completed her PhD study The Stubborn Life of Objects, which included a series of performances in which important objects become full body costumes. She has extended this in Aotearoa New Zealand for a project about the objects that migrants retain to keep a connection to the previous home. She then constructs a body-sized version of this for a future performance. This follows a similar path to her previous “inner animal” project, which created headpieces based on the creatures with which wearers identified.
Garland was curious to learn more about her project in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read the interview and watch the WhatsApp videos on the Garland Magazine Website