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September 02, 2016

Sleeth Gallery Presents “Yukiko Syndrome”

The Sleeth Gallery will be kicking off the 2016-2017exhibition schedule with the intermedia exhibition "Yukiko Syndrome" by Sarasota, FL, digital artist and designer Caitlin Burns. The exhibition will run September 6 – October 9, showing Monday Friday, 12:00pm5:00pm (or by appointment).

Burns’s work examines the manufactured and repurposed cuteness which often reframes sinister aspects of modern life with a false sense of perfection. The pieces examine the story of Okada Yukiko, an 18 year-old Japanese pop idol who rose to fame in the mid-1980s.

After her unexpected suicide, the singer’s talent agency went to great lengths to hide evidence of her severe emotional distress which led to multiple copycat deaths — dubbed the Yukiko Syndrome. This exhibition features prints, animated GIFs and video projections that pair military and banking elements with saturated colors and dreamlike treatments to explore the tension between innocence and morbidity.

Born in Ottawa, ON, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida (St. Petersburg) with a major in Graphic Design, minoring in Art History. She currently freelances as a web developer and motion graphics designer. More of Burns’s work can be seen online at

A reception will be held on September 8 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. 

The Sleeth Gallery is located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall at West Virginia Wesleyan College, at the intersection of East Main St. and College Ave in Buckhannon, WV. Admission is free.


For more information about Sleeth Gallery, please contact Gallery Director, Crystal Brown, at .

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