Art-5: Sayaka Ganz

In a wonderful turn of happenstance, one of the current exhibits on view at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden is a collection of artwork by Japanese sculptor Sayaka Ganz. Entitled “Reclaimed Creations,” the show features three-dimensional objects created from reclaimed plastic objects (maybe even flossers?).

Ganz utilizes these plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, like brush strokes which appear visibly unified at a distance though separated at close proximity. She describes her style as “3D impressionism.” Sculptures in the exhibition include recent installations of animals in motion which are rich in color and energy and create an illusion of form.

Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University. Ganz has lectured widely and taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Her work has been been displayed at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man. Commissions of work by Sayaka Ganz include a series of four marine life sculptures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and an underwater scene with right whale and various schools of fish in the atrium of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida.

About her work, the artist says, “My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

1. Nirvana, Bird of paradise

2. Piccadilly, Cormorant

3. Travelers, Mother polar bear swimming with two cubs

4. Uta, Humpback whale

5. Fogo, Cheetah running in full speed

Art-5 is a monthly feature of visual artists and their work. Images posted with permission from the artist, please visit her website for more, Text from Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden website, Artist photo from Wikipedia.

2 thoughts on “Art-5: Sayaka Ganz

  1. I used your Evidence of Flossing as an example of a photo-essay-poetry project. My students attempted to do modified versions of such “art,” (using pictures cut out of magazines with their own captions and poems) in 5th grade. If I ever get a chance to do it with older students/adults, I will encourage them to take their own photos.The idea of a theme/sections, etc. is something they can “take the ball and run with.” Thanks for such an inspiring book.


    1. Oh Rae! That’s AWESOME!! That process of combing visuals with written words is so powerful! (My poetry group just did an ekphrastic reading at a local art gallery; they selected art from a gallery exhibit and wrote poems using the art as their inspiration. That, too, would make and excellent exercise!) When you can, send me a few samples of your students’ work? I’d love to see it! creativesoup1 @

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