December, 2006


Saya Moriyasu is a Seattle-based artist that works in sculpture, site-specific art, and photography. She investigates issues of class and culture and uses interventions with place, unconventional materials, and fantastical forms to present her ideas. Moriyasu positions herself in the extreme aesthetics of everyday life; creating photo series that “take viewers with her” on (Situationist-like) derive journeys through her Beacon Hill neighborhood. She sculpts “ghost waiters” in recognition of hard-working individuals in the food service industry and uses lamps and purses as accessible utilitarian objects/sites on which to unfold her quirky narratives. It is through her interventions with (and representations of) lived-in spaces and lived-with objects that Moriyasu seeks beauty–producing organic, dream-like works with funky aesthetics.

Moriyasu’s work has been reviewed in New Art Examiner, International Examiner, and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Her work has been published in catalogues and books including Street Peeks, by Saya Moriyasu, Lava 2002 essays by Rhonda Howard (in conjunction with Lava exhibition), and SOIL: Artist-Run Gallery 1995-2005, Jill Conner, 2005.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Floating Worlds
Gallery4Culture, Seattle, WA, 2006
New Edition Work
Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, 2005
Sound Transit’s Beacon Hill Station site, Seattle, WA, 2003-4

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, WA, 2007
Hardline Organics
SOIL, Seattle, WA, 2006
Seven Days in March
Catherine Person Fine Art, Seattle, WA, 2004




I enjoy beautiful objects.

I am interested in class and culture.







— Saya Moriyasu


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