Congrats to Alumna Akemi Maegawa
AKEMI MAEGAWA: HYBRID FORMS
April 16 - May 22, 2010
Akemi Maegawa graduated from the Corcoran College of Art & Design (BFA, 2005) and the Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 2007) and currently lives and works in Washington D.C. Before that education, though, Maegawa worked in the field of finance in Asia. After moving to the states, she married a doctor/scientist who was originally from Poland. As such, given the combination of Maegawa’s experiences, some of her works question our Western material world, the artist’s position in society, cultural barriers, miscommunication and hope and fear. Though her work is not easily categorized, she does specialize in sculpture and ceramics. In Wrapping Project, a piece completed at Cranbrook, outside of Detroit, the artist tightly covered the contents of her studio to reveal the elegant contours of ordinary objects. In a conceptual sense, the artist is further exploring ideas such as the incorporation of found objects as they are transformed to works of art. Furthermore, works such as Baby Bottles with Tank, with a nod to manufacturing, ask viewers to approach the seemingly incompatible imagery of a military tank put on a vessel was intended for infants. Maegawa has received many artistic awards including the Anne and Ronald Abramson Award for Excellence in Ceramics and the Ceramics Genius Award.