Michener Art Museum (in the Outdoor Sculpture Garden)
March 20 – June 20, 2010
The James A. Michener Art Museum presents stone sculptures by artist Ayami Aoyama in the Outdoor Sculpture Garden from March 20 through June 20, 2010. Situated between the Museum and the Bucks County Library Center, this exhibit features marble and granite works that suggest both figurative forms and the landscape, in a style that is at once minimal and abstract.
The Museum’s Outdoor Sculpture Program is sponsored by Fulton Bank.
Aoyama credits her Japanese heritage as inspiration for her concept of beauty. “We have a proverb, “Eight million gods dwell in everything,” which means that even objects have their own spirits, like humans…. Feeling nature through a simple action such as carving stone is the crux of my art because it allows me to express thanks to nature for my existence.”
Aoyama studied painting in her native Japan, but upon moving to the United States she gravitated toward sculpture as a means of expressing her appreciation for the natural world. “My stone sculpture is the accumulation of my life’s work,” she explains, “but it still belongs to nature. The site, the time and the stone become one through my hands and then they have a new history. The relationship between myself and these elements is the essence of my art.”
A sculptor at the Digital Stone Project in Mercerville, New Jersey, Aoyama has studied at The Art Students League in New York City; The Lacoste School of the Arts in Southern France; and the Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey. She holds a B.F.A. in painting from the Aichi Prefectural University in Aichi, Japan.