Speak Not So Easy
Socially Engaged Art Project for Youth
Speak Not So Easy is to empower the youth and help them gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them and make a difference with the power of art beyond the studio practice.
We believe that young people can be a catalyst for social change and make a difference in our community. We strive to create a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for them to find their creative voice, express themselves and take action in the community.
Hello! I'm Mai Ryuno
Everyday Artist & Creative Experience Maker
I am an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Fukuoka, Japan, raised by a mother with a keen eye for design and a socially conscious father, currently based on the Monterey Peninsula in California. My process oriented art practice combines site-specific installation and participatory performance where I create the situation where the audience gathers, acts, and shares themselves with each other. Inspired by everyday life activities such as cooking, eating, meeting, and greeting, my work inspires the audience to take collective action to create positive human interactions, learn from each other, and build a temporary community with respect and care. Creating a sense of freedom, openness and hopefulness is vital for the shared experience where the participants are encouraged to discover their own creative voice and act on their self expression without judgment.
photo: Julie Chon
Photos: Grace Khieu