Saya Moriyasu

Saya Portrait

Saya Moriyasu graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and was awarded residencies at Skowhegan and Pilchuck Glass School. She has since exhibited at venues including the Henry Art Gallery, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Aqua Art Miami, IC Gallery in Los Angeles, and Montserrate College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her work is often comprised of many small pieces that make up a larger whole, using materials including clay, wood, and prints. She loves creating open stories in her artwork. Saya was a member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and is currently represented by G. Gibson Gallery.

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Hortus Curiosus, 2014

In collaboration with Maki Tamura

Concrete, Metal, Wood, Cotton, Paint

In the Cascara Circle at the Medicinal Herb Garden, Saya and Maki present concrete tree stumps of various sizes, reminiscent of old growth forest that once covered the grounds of the University of Washington. These stumps not only function as tables and benches, but also include several “grafted” branches of live plants.  Echoing the wooden monkey gate on site, colorful fabric panels hang over the visitors’ heads, depicting inquisitive monkeys engaging in gardening and practicing pharmacognosy (the study of medicines derived from natural sources). Along with the petrified stumps, the installation offers a lyrical interpretation of the history of the university and garden.

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