Maki Tamura

Maki Portrait

Born in Japan and raised in Indonesia, Maki Tamura received her BFA from the University of Washington and her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Dallas Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Kunsthaus Baselland in Switzerland. Tamura is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in New York and the Artist Trust fellowship in Washington. Her artwork often plays with the line between sculpture and drawing and the contemporary versus the historical image.

Hortus Curiosus, 2014

In collaboration with Saya Moriyasu

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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