Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sayaka Ganz, Art that will move you!

Sayaka with her new piece

Not long ago I decided I wanted to start doing interviews on a few of the things that I enjoyed. Art, interior design, and fashion. I knew right away who I wanted to ask to be my first interview, none other than my favorite artist Sayaka Ganz. I will admit that she has become an "idol" of mine! My good friend Julie Toles intoduced me to her work (back in my art hater stage) and I was moved to tears by what I saw. I was not ready for the impact and emotion I felt looking at this amazing art. A change had occured in me and I have been different ever since.

I first met Sayaka at an art opening at Continuum Art Gallery here in Ft. Wayne. She is one of the nicest and most humble people I have ever met. I was quite nervous to be meeting this amazing artist and was a bit starstruck! Ok alot starstruck, and I still am! Well let me start this interview before I blab my way down the page!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Yokohama, Japan. My family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when I was 9 years old and we lived there for almost 5 years. We went back to Japan when I was 13, then moved to Hong Kong and came to the United States to attend university. Up to high school I never graduated from the same school I started in. All these relocations have affected my thinking. It has made me flexible and also made me crave a sense of belonging. I get great comfort from fitting things together, perhaps partially because of these experiences.

Explain to everyone what you do as an artist, in a general sense.

I make organic forms from discarded household plastics that I collect from the thrift shops. Mostly I make animal forms of various colors but I also make more abstract sculptures. I try to use motion lines in my sculptures, just like some old cartoon drawings, to create the illusion that my animals are moving. My process is very experimental and non-traditional but my techniques are almost primitive, I drill holes in the plastic objects and tie them together onto an armature.

I have known you for a little while now and am continually amazed at your work. What drives and inspires you to create new work?

I get the inspiration from the discarded objects themselves. The human history behind each piece is very interesting, someone designed and created this object, someone used and later discarded it. I am also inspired by nature and the life energy of animals. The motion, wind, water current, waves and time.

I feel a tremendous amount of energy in your art. Please explain your philosophy behind your work and how you bring your pieces to life.

My philosophy is that beauty is all around us, but sometimes a shift in perspective is necessary to find it. I try to use the organic forms of the man made plastic and align them in a way that funnels the directional energy into a flowing stream.

What do you like most about the medium that you work with?

The objects that we use around the house are often designed to fit our hands or body and have beautiful curvilinear forms. I love putting odd shapes and forms together like a puzzle, so these objects work very well. I also like all the colors they come in, and that there are subtle variations in colors within each spectrum.

Do you have any plans and goals for the future of your art that you can share with us?

Jim Merz and I are applying for a public art commission in Seattle. I'm in a group exhibition in Washington D.C. in March. I have a commission to create four horse sculptures at the Isle of Man in October and I will make a series of four sculptures (three of marine animals and one of the North Pacific Gyre) for the Monterey Bay Aquarium using plastic debris from the ocean in 2012. My goal would be to find the good balance between having enough work and having too much. Its sometimes difficult to decide which shows I should enter, which invitations or commissions I should accept or reject.

Art tends to have many deffinitions, and means something different to each person. Give us your definition of Art and what it means to you.

Art and beauty cannot be separated in my mind. Some people look for more intellectual stimuli in art, but to me it is more about aesthetic and visual engagement and the messages you broadcast through them. I want to challenge the viewers to try to find beauty in the mundane, find hope in difficult situations and be kinder toward the little "stuff" around us.

I would like to thank Sayaka for letting me do this interview with her and for the wonderful answers she provided me with. I hope that her work can inspire many more people like it has inspired me! If you want to go look at more of her art take a look at the links I have provided. I highly recomend that you take the time to look at them and to "Like" her page on Facebook!/pages/Sayaka-Ganz-Sculptures/139396576111031


  1. This is a lovely write up about an amazing artist. I am very taken with the photos of Sayaka Ganz's work. While my senses are enchanted by the incredible forms, my brain is stimulated by all the different pieces that make up each sculpture. I can't help but to feel a connection to each form, as well as in the familiarity of the pieces with which it was made.


  2. Thank you Diane it is amazing to be moved by just pictures! But to see her work in person is a whole different animal! lol there are just not words!

  3. Wonderful write up and wonderful artist!

  4. Thank you Maria! She really is wonderful!

  5. LOVE this art! I agree wonderful work, I enjoyed the interview and the chance to get to know the artist. It's always the thought and emotion behind the art that makes the art and I thank you for the opportunity to learn that about this artist :)

  6. Thank you "SAPsMaMa" ( melissa ) its all about emotion! How does it make you feel?! Its what moves us!

  7. Wow. Her work is AMAZING! I feel the movement she describes and I'm sure it's even more stunning in person. Very well done interview Ron! Keep 'em comin'!

  8. Thank you Valerie! The movement you see in person just grabs you! The energy is powerful!

  9. Amazing work! Just phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Incredible talent! You did a great write up, Ron -- Keep it coming! :)

  11. Great interview Ron with an AMAZING Artist! It is easy to be moved to tears by the beauty within each piece she creates! I can see why you are starstruck:)

  12. Hey, really good Q&A! I like the energy question. Sayaka seems to hint at the essence of invisible energies beyond the natural subjects being transposed into the inorganic form. Maybe that's why they feel so alive :)

  13. WOW!!! How fabulous her work is!! Thanks for sharing her work, because I had never seen or heard of her before. I love the different hearts and hands that artists come in. :-)

  14. Stunning, I love the Phoenix, WOW!! Keep it up:)

  15. @Swailz I really feel that her work is all about the energy! She talks about it on her website.

    @PoetessWug I am happy I could bring her work to you!

    @Alison Thank you I love it too!

  16. Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful artist. I'm looking forward to seeing her commissions fully realized. Her work is fantastic and eco friendly art is one of my favorite ways to go.

  17. Sayaka's art is wonderful and unique. I will be following her career with interest.

  18. Thank you akaCINDERS and Nancy this is something that I will be doing as well!