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Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama and identifies a strong Japanese influence in her work, even though she grew up in several different countries. During her BFA studies at Indiana University Bloomington she explored various media, from ceramics to printmaking, before determining sculpture and welding as her expressive vehicles of choice.
Her fascination with animals in movement permeates this collection. “When you look at the piece from the distance you see the form of the horse galloping, but when you get up close you start to see that individual objects were used”, she writes.
Sayaka is currently based in Indiana, where she teaches drawing and design at IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana and welds figures from steel, of humans and other animals.
"Sayaka Ganz's horses could feel frozen or fossilized. But her horses are bursting with force, strength and fluid movement. Sayaka has given life to the recycled objects she uses. Instead of reading as stop motion, her horses create a movie we can play backward or forward in our heads. They are running from somewhere. They are pushing forward. She makes art that becomes a running story. Brilliant use of space, time, physicality and movement."
"Sayaka Ganz has an incredible gift, being able to convey life and movement. I love the Japanese influence as well, it’s almost as if she physically manifests Sumi brushstrokes. Such skill and beauty are energizing and uplifting to the soul."
"I love these sculptures, talk about upcycling, They remind me a little of the horses of Deborah Butterfield, except more expressive. I love the movement and how they explode out of the walls! Really unique work!"