Monkey Way

Monkey Way

on view 24/7 

505 Union Station Building, Seattle, Washington (between 4th and 5th and Weller)  It’s in the walkway window just past Starbuck’s as you transition from Chinatown/ID to the street across that leads to the trains that take commuters to Everett and Tacoma.

The current political situation is awkward in that it seeps into the work via monkeys and lots of shelves that are not functional. This moment of instability in US politics leads to inspirations from moments in history in France and China. Putting all these elements all together is a visual mash-up that comes from my life in a family mixed both in class and culture.

 

Monkey Way (detail)

Monkey Way (detail)

on view 24/7 

505 Union Station Building, Seattle, Washington (between 4th and 5th and Weller)  It’s in the walkway window just past Starbuck’s as you transition from Chinatown/ID to the street across that leads to the trains that take commuters to Everett and Tacoma.

The current political situation is awkward in that it seeps into the work via monkeys and lots of shelves that are not functional. This moment of instability in US politics leads to inspirations from moments in history in France and China. Putting all these elements all together is a visual mash-up that comes from my life in a family mixed both in class and culture.

Parlor - drawing installation

Parlor - drawing installation

G. Gibson Gallery

2015, Parlor drawing installation

Parlor - installation shot

Parlor - installation shot

G. Gibson Gallery

2015, Parlor installation

 Priced individually.

 

Bodhi-Siami

Bodhi-Siami

2012, oil on paper, 70" x 52.5"​

SOIL Gallery exhibition

$2000 available for purchase

Out of the rain and clouds comes exuberant and undecayed life of my garden.  My yard is a microcosm of the universe.  During the seasons of rain, I find myself looking out the windows at the garden and enjoying how the green trees mound and the cat society inhabits that space.  The Siamese cat embodies buddha with the gentle way he governs the yard.

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

The Dog Family Meanders Across the Border

The Dog Family Meanders Across the Border

2010, ceramic, glaze, and acrylic paint, 9’ x 12’ x 12

Bellevue Arts Museum, biennial

individual dogs available for purchase $400 - $500

This piece is a take on the migration of people represented with dogs.  But their attitude is that it is a small shift.  They are just walking through the mountains.  But that walk has taken them to new lands, and away from their country.  I'm thinking about the politics of geography and the history of items for export.  My father was an immigrant from Japan and I often try to imagine how anyone could so drastically alter his or her lives willingly.  In this case the dogs are happily unaware of the journey they are undertaking. 

photo: Steven Miller

 

The Dog Family Meanders Across the Border (detail)

The Dog Family Meanders Across the Border (detail)

2010, ceramic, glaze, and acrylic paint, 9’ x 12’ x 12

Bellevue Arts Museum, biennial

individual dogs for sale $400 - $550

This piece is a take on the migration of people represented with dogs.  But their attitude is that it is a small shift.  They are just walking through the mountains.  But that walk has taken them to new lands, and away from their country.  I'm thinking about the politics of geography and the history of items for export.  My father was an immigrant from Japan and I often try to imagine how anyone could so drastically alter his or her lives willingly.  In this case the dogs are happily unaware of the journey they are undertaking.​

photo: Steven Miller

 Hortus Curiosus, 2014, photo Saya Moriyasu  In collaboration with  Maki Tamura   MadCampus a  temporary  project by MadArtSeattle and University of Washington, available for purchase  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.

Hortus Curiosus, 2014, photo Saya Moriyasu

In collaboration with Maki Tamura

MadCampus a temporary project by MadArtSeattle and University of Washington, available for purchase

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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Model for the Universe (Mt. Meru)

Model for the Universe (Mt. Meru)

2012, ceramic, glaze, gold luster, wood and metal, 52" x 60" x 34"

SOIL Gallery exhibition

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Model for the Universe (Mt. Meru)

Model for the Universe (Mt. Meru)

2012, ceramic, glaze, gold luster, wood and metal, 52" x 60" x 34"

SOIL Gallery exhibition

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Floating Worlds, exhibition view

Floating Worlds, exhibition view

2006, shows three oversized non-functional chandelier inspired sculptures (Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, Washington) 

all available for purchase

Exceptional Mountain Views, 2006, 46”x70”x70”, ceramic with glaze, underglaze, and acrylic paint, plywood with stain and urethane, wood with acrylic paint (temple), hardware (front one)

Floating World, 2006, 47”x45”x45”, ceramic with glaze, underglaze and acrylic paint, plywood with stain and urethane, wood with stain (bridges), hardware (middle one)

Pure Land, 2006, 48”x91”x91”, ceramic with gilding, ceramic, plywood with beeswax finish, acrylic paint, wallpaper, glass, hardware (back one) 

I created the chandeliers to fit into the dimensions of the 4Culture Gallery for this installation.  Each chandelier was designed by me and made of plywood. They are oversized and non-functional. They hang down so the viewer can be at the same level as the artwork. 

“Floating Worlds” refers to popular Ukiyoe prints of Japan in the 1800s.  The merchant class attempted to gain social status by commissioning artists to make illustration.  Which is a reference that is personally interesting and perhaps not evident in the work.  Researching and thinking about history is part of my process.

photo credit: Steven Miller

​Floating Worlds, exhibition view

​Floating Worlds, exhibition view

2006, shows three oversized non-functional chandelier inspired sculptures (Gallery 4Culture, Seattle, Washington) 

Exceptional Mountain Views, 2006, 46”x70”x70”, ceramic with glaze, underglaze, and acrylic paint, plywood with stain and urethane, wood with acrylic paint (temple), hardware (front one)

Floating World, 2006, 47”x45”x45”, ceramic with glaze, underglaze and acrylic paint, plywood with stain and urethane, wood with stain (bridges), hardware (middle one)

Pure Land, 2006, 48”x91”x91”, ceramic with gilding, ceramic, plywood with beeswax finish, acrylic paint, wallpaper, glass, hardware (back one)​

I created the chandeliers to fit into the dimensions of the 4Culture Gallery for this installation.  Each chandelier was designed by me and made of plywood. They are oversized and non-functional. They hang down so the viewer can be at the same level as the artwork. 

“Floating Worlds” refers to popular Ukiyoe prints of Japan in the 1800s.  The merchant class attempted to gain social status by commissioning artists to make illustration.  Which is a reference that is personally interesting and perhaps not evident in the work.  Researching and thinking about history is part of my process.

photo credit: Steven Miller

Pure Land

Pure Land

2006, 48”x91”x91”, ceramic with gilding, ceramic, plywood with beeswax finish, acrylic paint, wallpaper, glass, hardware

available for purchase

“Floating Worlds” refers to popular Ukiyoe prints of Japan in the 1800s.  The merchant class attempted to gain social status by commissioning artists to make illustration.  Which is a reference that is personally interesting and perhaps not evident in the work.  Researching and thinking about history is part of my process.

photo credit: Steven Miller

Generations: 500 hundred human years in dogs / trade

Generations: 500 hundred human years in dogs / trade

2010, ceramic and glaze,  10” x 20’ x 6”, exhibit at G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington and Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

$20,000 available for purchase

The generations are made via a process of casting two dog sculptures and two types of shelves in plaster.  I use liquid clay (slip) in the mold to copy the original. The result is that the copy of the original shrinks by about 15%.  This is how a manually shrunk the original to make a total of 55 dogs and 55 shelves. (Super labor / time intensive)  The result is humorous, optical and engaging.  There are slight variations in the clay color and shifts in the details in the dogs.

photo: Steven Miller

Generations: 500 hundred human years in dogs / trade

Generations: 500 hundred human years in dogs / trade

2010, ceramic and glaze,  10” x 20’ x 6”, exhibit at G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington and Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

$20,000 available for purchase

The generations are made via a process of casting two dog sculptures and two types of shelves in plaster.  I use liquid clay (slip) in the mold to copy the original. The result is that the copy of the original shrinks by about 15%.  This is how a manually shrunk the original to make a total of 55 dogs and 55 shelves. (Super labor / time intensive)  The result is humorous, optical and engaging.  There are slight variations in the clay color and shifts in the details in the dogs.

photo: Steven Miller

Palladium Versus Canton Jade

Palladium Versus Canton Jade

2010, ceramic and glaze, 5’x4’x5”, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington

$5000, available for purchase

This piece is based on Mendel’s (the father of genetics) pea experiment.  I did a humorous take on it with glazes competing to be the dominant gene.  Growing with brown hair and eyes and a mother with blonde hair and blue eyes, Mendel was the answer that I always asked.  “Mother, why didn’t I get your hair color or eye color?”  I had fun with the levels and mixing the glazes and seeing the unexpected results and thinking of my own family and our genetics. 

available for purchase 

photo credit: Steven Miller

Palladium Versus Canton Jade (detail)

Palladium Versus Canton Jade (detail)

010, ceramic and glaze, 5’x4’x5”, G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, Washington (detail)

This piece is based on Mendel’s (the father of genetics) pea experiment.  I did a humorous take on it with glazes competing to be the dominant gene.  Growing with brown hair and eyes and a mother with blonde hair and blue eyes, Mendel was the answer that I always asked.  “Mother, why didn’t I get your hair color or eye color?”  I had fun with the levels and mixing the glazes and seeing the unexpected results and thinking of my own family and our genetics. 

available for purchase

photo credit: Steven Miller

Exhibition view - Oriental / Occidental

Exhibition view - Oriental / Occidental

2008, (exhibition size 8' x 6' x 16') SOIL Gallery, ceramic and glaze

shows three pieces, (left to right) 

1.  Girl and Her Pussycat, (set of three orange balconies with woman and cat), 2008, clay, glaze, ribbon and epoxy

2. Corner Couple, 2008, clay, glaze, underglaze and epoxy, 12 ½”x7”x4”, $600 available for purchase

3. Looking for Her Lost Poodle, (set of 7 balconies with two figures) 2008, clay, glaze, epoxy, dimension varies depending on installation

Inspired by antique malls’ unlikely pairings, I create sculptures with Asian maidens and French poodles. The work is also fueled by her interest in chinoiserie, the persistent style that was wholly European with the inspiration entirely oriental and Americana.  The work is a reflection of her own upbringing in a mix of high and low art and culture.  Moriyasu grew up in a home where a Japanese bodhisattva shrine coexisted with croqueted wastebaskets. 

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Girl and Her Pussycat

Girl and Her Pussycat

(set of three orange balconies with woman and cat), 2008, clay, glaze, ribbon and epoxy includes: orange cutouts, 9”x3”x1”,  dutch roof cap, 5 ¾”x6”x2 ½”, and  sunset orange balcony,6 ¼”x4”x1 ½”

sold

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Corner Couple

Corner Couple

2008, clay, glaze, underglaze and epoxy, 12 ½”x7”x4”

$600 available for purchase

From the series,  Oriental / Occidental. Inspired by antique malls’ unlikely pairings, I create sculptures with Asian maidens and French poodles. The work is also fueled by her interest in chinoiserie, the persistent style that was wholly European with the inspiration entirely oriental and Americana.  The work is a reflection of her own upbringing in a mix of high and low art and culture.  Moriyasu grew up in a home where a Japanese bodhisattva shrine coexisted with croqueted wastebaskets. 

photo credit: Steven Miller

Poodle!

Poodle!

2008, clay, glaze, wallpaper, ribbon and epoxy, 5 ½”x6”x3”

available for purchase G.GibsonGallery.com

From the series, Oriental / Occidental. Inspired by antique malls’ unlikely pairings, I create sculptures with Asian maidens and French poodles. The work is also fueled by her interest in chinoiserie, the persistent style that was wholly European with the inspiration entirely oriental and Americana.  The work is a reflection of her own upbringing in a mix of high and low art and culture.  Moriyasu grew up in a home where a Japanese bodhisattva shrine coexisted with croqueted wastebaskets.

photo credit: Steven Miller

Lamplight Lavish Gathering

Lamplight Lavish Gathering

​2005, 36 handmade lamps, ceramic, lamp parts, found and made lampshades, 3 over scale nesting tables made for the piece, 9’x8’x4’

A singular sculpture in the room consisted of 36 handmade lamps.  The initial impression was a mountain of consumer goods glowing in the otherwise unlit gallery.  The oversized stacking tables created for the piece by me, along with a price scroll and a catalog of each of the works.  

This work has a lot to do with value.  A kitschy lamp has little value while a piece of art has high value.  The installation asks, “What if a kitschy lamp is displayed as art?  What is the value then?”

photo credit: Dirk Park

Lamplight Lavish Gathering (detail)

Lamplight Lavish Gathering (detail)

​2005, 36 handmade lamps, ceramic, lamp parts, found and made lampshades, 3 over scale nesting tables made for the piece, 9’x8’x4’

A singular sculpture in the room consisted of 36 handmade lamps.  The initial impression was a mountain of consumer goods glowing in the otherwise unlit gallery.  The oversized stacking tables created for the piece by me, along with a price scroll and a catalog of each of the works.  

This work has a lot to do with value.  A kitschy lamp has little value while a piece of art has high value.  The installation asks, “What if a kitschy lamp is displayed as art?  What is the value then?”

photo credit: Dirk Park

Bubble Lounge

Bubble Lounge

2014, glass, oil paint, gold leaf, (base) ceramic, glaze, gold leaf and acrylic paint

approximately 16"x16"x6"

price available on request, available for purchase

Watchful Fu

Watchful Fu

2008, 12" x 14" x 8", ceramic, glaze, acrylic paint and chain

 $1200 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Frisky Puppy

Frisky Puppy

2008, 12”x12”x8”, ceramic, glaze, acrylic paint, chain, and shelf

sold

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Angry Fu and Scared Fu Look for Comfort

Angry Fu and Scared Fu Look for Comfort

2008, dimension varies with installation,  ceramic, glaze and chain, black dog is 11.5"x6"x7", ceramic, glaze, glue (medallion to the neck) and chain and shelf (wood with invisible bracket)

$1900 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

 Gallery4Culture, box set edition, 2006   In collaboration with Dirk Park’s Olivianna Press, this is a box set of prints and a porcelain sculpture inspired by Japanese products that come in wooden boxes.  These are the preliminary unique edition, one full set and individual 8”x8” prints are available via   www.ggibsongallery.com  .  The works was inspired by the experience of fine dining and waiters as observers of other people’s lives.      photo credit Steven Miller.

Gallery4Culture, box set edition, 2006

In collaboration with Dirk Park’s Olivianna Press, this is a box set of prints and a porcelain sculpture inspired by Japanese products that come in wooden boxes.  These are the preliminary unique edition, one full set and individual 8”x8” prints are available via www.ggibsongallery.com.  The works was inspired by the experience of fine dining and waiters as observers of other people’s lives.  

photo credit Steven Miller.

 detail  Gallery4Culture, box set edition, 2006   In collaboration with Dirk Park’s Olivianna Press, this is a box set of prints and a porcelain sculpture inspired by Japanese products that come in wooden boxes.  These are the preliminary unique edition, one full set and individual 8”x8” prints are available via   www.ggibsongallery.com  .  The works was inspired by the experience of fine dining and waiters as observers of other people’s lives.     photo credit Steven Miller. 

detail

Gallery4Culture, box set edition, 2006

In collaboration with Dirk Park’s Olivianna Press, this is a box set of prints and a porcelain sculpture inspired by Japanese products that come in wooden boxes.  These are the preliminary unique edition, one full set and individual 8”x8” prints are available via www.ggibsongallery.com.  The works was inspired by the experience of fine dining and waiters as observers of other people’s lives.  

photo credit Steven Miller. 

Folly (Chasing in Blue)

Folly (Chasing in Blue)

2012, ceramic, glaze, 20" x 11" x 7.5" 

$1500 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Folly series

Folly series

studio shot of work shown in 2012 show Folly at G. Gibson Gallery

Folly (Monkey Princess Rises), 2012, ceramic, acrylic paint, glitter and stand, 83” x 11” x 11”, $2000 available for purchase

Folly (Slonem in Asia), 2012, ceramic, glaze, oil paint and stand, 60½” x 12” x 12”, $2000 available for purchase

Folly (Zeisel and Pyrometer), 2012, ceramic, glaze and stand, 73½” x 14” x 14” - SOLD  For this piece I each of the layers was fired with the same ceramic glaze and fired at different temperatures from the hottest on the bottom (cone 6) to the coolest on the top (cone 06).  

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

  

Folly (Slonem in Asia)

Folly (Slonem in Asia)

2012, ceramic, glaze, oil paint and stand, 60½” x 12” x 12”

$2000 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Folly (Vizcaya and Occupied Movement)

Folly (Vizcaya and Occupied Movement)

2011, ceramic, glaze, underglaze, acrylic and oil paint, pipe armature, 68” x 24” x 24”

$5000 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Verdant (tree)

Verdant (tree)

2012, oil on paper, 22" x 30" , sold

SOIL Gallery exhibition

sold

Out of the rain and clouds comes exuberant and undecayed life of my garden.  My yard is a microcosm of the universe.  During the seasons of rain, I find myself looking out the windows at the garden and enjoying how the green trees mound and the cat society inhabits that space.  The Siamese cat embodies buddha with the gentle way he governs the yard.

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Flower Mountain Energy

Flower Mountain Energy

2013, 22 1/4" x 22 1/4", oil on paper 

$800 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Mountain Contrails

Mountain Contrails

2013, 22 1/4" x 22 1/4", oil on paper 

$800 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Lion, Peacock, Lady Landscape

Lion, Peacock, Lady Landscape

2013, 22 1/4" x 22 1/4", oil on paper 

$800 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Fox Theater

Fox Theater

2012, 20" x 20", sumi ink, watercolor, walnut ink on paper

$800 available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Patriot

Patriot

 2012, 20" x 20", sumi ink, watercolor, walnut ink on paper

sold

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Fox, Crown, China

Fox, Crown, China

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Ardor for the Arts

Ardor for the Arts

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Men of ...

Men of ...

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

The Good Citizen

The Good Citizen

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

collection of Tim and Sandy Mardsen

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Space Needle, Parrot and Man

Space Needle, Parrot and Man

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Hatchibu Island

Hatchibu Island

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

sold

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu

Life

Life

2012, 7.5" x 7.5", sumi ink on paper

available for purchase

photo credit: Saya Moriyasu