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Ito Sayaka

Emergence-Sayaka Ganz

Year: 2008, 
Two pieces installation: Night, Reclaimed (mostly
black and clear plastic) objects, 
72” x 50” x 17”, 
Wind, Reclaimed
(mostly white and clear plastic) objects, 
63” x 78” x 26”
     Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan,
Brazil, and Hong Kong. She has been living and working in Indiana for 15
years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Indiana University Bloomington
and continued to create welded sculptures of animal forms
independently. In 2008 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in
sculpture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio. Currently she teaches design and drawing courses at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
     Using post-consumer plastic objects as her materials, Sayaka’s recent
sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her
recent exhibitions include: “Convergence” – solo exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, “Orchestration” – solo exhibition in the atrium of the Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory, “Finding Freedom”- MFA thesis exhibition at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, BGSU.
     In March 2009 she was one of the visiting artists for the Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education (FAME),
showing and speaking about her work to the children at the schools in
the greater Fort Wayne area. Currently Sayaka is working on a permanent
sculpture for the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She is also working with two colleagues on a public art project in Toledo, Ohio. She will have a solo exhibition at the Science Central, Fort Wayne in September 2009.
      “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.” –Sayaka Ganz
     To create her sculptures, Ganz finds discarded objects including plastic
utensils, toys, and metal pieces and gives them a second life and a new

    This piece belongs in my gallery because it brings new life to old objects, it take ugly old tossed out trash into something beautiful and amazing to look at. 

[HC-04] Sayaka Aida – HOTCREAM Vol.4 [UNCEN]


The Art of Hideo Ito

One person I have known for years, and is a close friend of many of the people in the book, and who I have always admired is the children’s book artist Hideo Ito.

Painting of Kogan and Sayaka  Murata 

He publishes two or more books every year, in a tremendous variety of styles, and has exhibited at the gallery in Nagoya at the Tokurinji Temple, (mentioned throughout the book) and was good friends with Akira Ito (no family relation) who I wrote about in Chapter Six.

The painting above is not from his children’s book collection, but a single edition watercolor of Murata san (from Chapter 4) and his partner Sayaka.  I love this photo.  It was tricky to get a good shot of it since it is mounted in glass.  You can see Murata playing the flute and Sayaka, who is a novelist writing.  Yet another way of seeing their way of life.

Cover of Chikara Taro
Illustrations by Hideo Ito
This is one of Hideo’s newest book.  It translates roughly as “Power Boy.”  I think it would make a GREAT book in English.  It would need translation of course, and a publisher, but I think you can see from these quick snapshots the power of his work. (Interested parties can email him directly at 

The boy Chikara Taro confronts a magician
in Chikara Taro illustrated by Hideo Ito 

I just had dinner with Hideo and some other friends while visiting Tokurinji.  I will be posting a lot in the next few months with reports on my journey to Japan.  But for now, I hope you enjoy these photos.

From Chikara Taro illustrated by Hideo Ito 
Illustration by Hideo Ito

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