Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Inspiration ~ "Discarded" Art by Sayaka Kajita Ganz
Japanese born artist Sayaka Kajita Ganz creates sculptures from reclaimed plastic. This piece, called Emergence (2008) is an installation of two separate sculptures called Night (black) and Wind (white).
"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.
By building these sculptures I try to understand the human relationships that surround me. It is a way for me to contemplate and remind myself that even if there is conflict right now, there is a way for all the pieces to fit together. That even if some people don’t feel at home here and now, there is a place where they belong and that they will eventually find it." I would love to see these in person!