SCULPTURE: JAPAN’S SAVAKA GANZ

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Japanese-born, internationally-raised artist Sayaka Ganz creates amazing sculptures out of used plastic objects. In addition to her love of unusual shapes and discarded items, her work is fueled by her Shinto-based beliefs that all objects have a spirit and a soul. Unsurprisingly, her work has been shown in Europe, Asia, and throughout the US.

To create these unique sculptures, she observes different angles of a certain pose, then creates a steel wire ‘skeleton’ kind of base. The creature then comes to life as different plastic pieces are added to form the final sculpture. Her pieces reflect a variety of colorful animals such as dragons, whales, horses, dogs, fish and birds—all of which denote impressive attention to detail and focus on motion.

She also shares her knowledge as a design and drawing teacher at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

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-Natacha Pavlov

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