Mai Ueda

Mai Ueda is an uncompromising artist-as-human. She cherishes art as life, and life as art. In 2000, Mai co-founded NEEN, an art movement concerned with the poetic potential of the internet and technology. Her art practice crosses platforms, including performance, drawing, poetry and installation, and she finds comfort working with non-material mediums. In 2011 Mai rediscovered her Japanese roots through Zen and the tradition of the tea ceremony, and it has since become the core of her practice. She believes the tea ceremony can bring people together to connect and experience a heightened awareness that makes shared moments more enjoyable. Mai has exhibited in museums and institutions around the world, including at the National Gallery of Singapore for the opening of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Roof Garden (2018), Kyoto Art Center (2017), Okayama Art Summit (2016), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), MONA Tasmania (2013), MACRO Rome (2012), Venice Biennale (2009) and Seoul Biennial 2004. Several publications are dedicated to her poetry, drawings and songs. She is a co-founder of the World Tea Gathering – a community of tea artists who explore the possibilities and meaning of tea as an art form.