Sayaka Oishi

Sayaka Oishi is a ceramic artist born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1980. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 2004. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of collections in Japan, South Korea and the United States.

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Selected works, 2015-2020

Sayaka Oishi Ceramic artist

The subject of my work is “decoration”. I understand “decoration” enables me to express indescribably complicated emotions and it is indispensable to human beings.

At the same time that I entrust my own complicated emotions to “decoration”, I give the finishing touches with my characteristic worldview intermingling with parts of the human body, plants, animals and also inorganics one another. That is the reason why I have grown up in the polytheism circumstances where god is believed to exist in everything in the rich nature.

Moreover, I am conscious of the existence of a kind of “order” in the “decoration” with this unique worldview. I think it is the same as order existing in the ebb and flow, breathing and pulse. I suppose I can also call it “rhythm”. I believe my works will resonate in everyone’s heart regardless of religion by cherishing this primordial “order”.

In the process of creating ceramics, I experience the micro-world touching the clay particles with fingers and the macro world by gravity from the glaze flow discovered through firing. Accepting, taking advantage of this experience and creating the works I only can do, I will see the primordial “order” just like breathing or ebb and flow embodied in my works. Moreover, this order will sublimate the emotional expression of “decoration” into more essential and higher sympathy with viewers. I sincerely hope that my “decoration” will provide a good chance for people present at my exhibition to sympathize each other transcending the difference of language, race, or religion.