Michael Fujita: Re-Constructing Nature

Terminal A-West
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September 16, 2013 - April 6, 2014
 
Philadelphia artist Michael Fujita is known for his work in ceramics and wood. In either medium, his concepts are similar because he uses the repetition of a single form to build larger objects, like these salvaged wood 2 by 4s that he has cut and carefully stacked to create life-sized tree trunks. He has described his working process as a “commitment to labor and time” and that his “countless hours repeating a motion or action to produce an object or mark is eventually captured in a single visual moment.”
 
By creating his trees out of scrap wood, Fujita is re-constructing their original forms as a remembrance of their initial beauty.  And at the same time, he is keeping the scrap material out of the waste stream while reminding us to be less wasteful and more respectful of our natural environment.
 
Michael Fujita received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute (2005) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University (2008). Fujita is a recipient of the Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship (2009-2010) from The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, where he is currently a Resident Artist.