Saya Moriyasu

Saya Moriyasu

Saya Moriyasu’s practice uses clay, wood, prints, and other materials. Inspired by Americana, consumerism, humor, the decorative arts, class, history, Buddhism, and aesthetics, her work is often comprised of many small pieces that make up a larger whole. After graduating with a BFA from the University of Washington, Moriyasu was awarded residencies at Skowhegan and at Pilchuck Glass School. She has exhibited at venues including the Deitch Art Parade (New York), Aqua Art Miami (Florida), Montserrat College of Art (Massachusetts), Henry Art Gallery Gift Shop Project, MadArt Studio, Bellevue Arts Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Wing Luke Museum for the Asian American Experience (last five in Washington state). Moriyasu is an alumnus of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and is represented by J. Rinehart Gallery in Seattle.



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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