So, this is a find from Artist A Day (wonderful site, if you like art and don’t follow them you’re already a step behind), that I’d bookmarked a while back waiting for enough time off from my show to leaf through some stuff from other artists and get back to running the Exchange here.
So, that leads us to Sayaka Ganz, who I saw hanging out in my ‘to do’ list. So, I pulled the page back up and woah, she’s from Ft Wayne, Indiana. So, a fellow captive in the state of Indiana. Her own site seems devoid of bio info, but according to Artist a Day she was born in Japan in the 70s, got a BFA in printmaking from IU here in Bloomington, IN, and currently works as a professor at Indiana Univeristy Purdue University in Ft Wayne. As for her work, her own site sums it up way better than I could:
My working process is reminiscent of my experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place I was born. Then, I began searching for a new community where I truly belong. I find discarded objects from peoples’ houses and give them a second life, a new home. For my sculptures I use plastic utensils, toys and metal pieces among other things. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. The human history behind these objects gives them life in my eyes. My goal is for each object to transcend its origins by being integrated into an animal form that seems alive. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.
Her sculptures are very neat indeed, all broken bio-mechanics with sleek, organic flourishes and wonderful feel of movement. And, luckily, in looking her up for this post I got to learn she’s opening a show with a couple other artists about three hours north of here next weekend, so I’ll get up to that show–if not for the reception at least before it closes–and save any in-depth commenting about her stuff until I can see it in glorious person.