I love creating open stories in my artwork.
The mix of my Japanese father and my Oregon born and raised-on-a-farm mother made an incongruent world where a beautiful Kannon (goddess of mercy) shared the same space as a polyester afghan blanket. Living with that mix makes me love that same odd mix in chinoiserie (the European art/design made in a Chinese style). That wrongness is right to me.
Other inspirations are Americana, consumerism, humor, the decorative arts, class, history, Buddhism and a love of beauty. Ceramic sculptures are predominate, often incorporating many pieces to make a larger singular theatrical work.
Oil paintings and drawings are increasingly important. The stories can come to life in hours instead of seasons, which is exciting and liberating.
Saya Moriyasu has exhibited at venues including the Deitch Art Parade (New York), Aqua Art Miami (Florida), Montserrate College of Art (Massachusetts), Henry Art Gallery Gift Shop Project, Bellevue Arts Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Wing Luke Museum for the Asian American Experience (Washington unless noted otherwise). After graduating with a BFA from the University of Washington, Moriyasu was awarded residencies at Skowhegan and at Pilchuck Glass School. A decade long member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery and represented by G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle Washington. Inspirations include Americana, consumerism, humor, the decorative arts, class, history, Buddhism and a love of beauty. Her work is often comprised of many small pieces that make up a larger piece, in clay, wood, prints, and other materials.