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Maria Murayama

1986 Japan

3 Works exhibited

Current location

Hong Kong

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Artst Statement
I graduated from Musashino Art University Sculpture lab. and completed master’s degree program in sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts 2012.
 I joined the biggest art fair (“ART FAIR TOKYO”) in Japan this March, then 
I went to The “European Ceramic Work center ” in Netherlands from April 20 to June10.
About my work:
 my latest  artworks are called “Taxidermy” series, 
I find taxidermy interesting especially when it is found in everyday environments where they seem to be less macabre. In my series "Taxidermy" I am trying to express a sense of altered cognition through changing the environment or the context. My animals all seem somehow alive but they are made to look bleeding. I also decorate them with wallpaper and carpet motifs.
The support of my sculpture is important for these series. It makes them look like they're on stage. Putting them on stage makes them look more objective if they are on stage like watching the tragic story in the theater.
I prefer to use ceramics rather than the real animals of taxidermy because of the way the material changes unexpectedly through the cooking process.

Career
2010 Graduated from Musashino Art University 
2012 Tokyo University of the Arts 
2012 Tokyo University of the Arts as a research student 
2013 Shiga Prefectural Ceramics Forest Artist in Residence Stay as a studio artist
2014 China Staying and lecture at Jingdezhen Artist in Residence
2015 Shiga Prefectural Ceramics Forest Artist in Residence Stay as a studio artist
2015 Netherlands EKWC European Ceramic Work Center
Exhibitions and presentations that also serve as reports of stay production and stay results
2015-2016 Shiga Prefectural Ceramics Forest Artist-in-Residence Stay as Studio Artist
2017 Shiga Prefectural Ceramics Forest Artist in Residence Stay as a studio artist
2018 Giant Year Gallery Staying at Artist in Residence

Solo exhibition
2010 Overlookers Tokyo University of the Arts entrance gallery 
2011 Ambiguous people GalleryK 
2012 GalleryK In her case… HP FRANCE WINDOW GALLERY MARUNOUCHI 
2013 Looking for you… FUMA Contemporary Tokyo
2015 Exhibition at EKWC (European Ceramic Center)
2016 Gallery Sakai Kyoto
2016 <To the wasteland> Gallery Gigi Kanagawa Enoshima
2017 <Maria Murayama Solo Exhibition> MDP GALLERY Tokyo
2018 <Empty Bodies> Giant Year Gallery Hong Kong

Group exhibition
2008 Musashino Art University 
2010 <Tokyo Five Art University Union Graduation / Completion Exhibition> New National Museum <Fujisawa Machinaka Art Tour> Kuramae Gallery <Tokyo University of the Arts Sculpture Art Space-Laughter-> Shimotani Shrine <Exisintence> SAKuRA Gallery
2011 <Sculpture 575 International University of Arts Exchange Exhibition> National Taipei University of Arts Seki Watari Museum <International Ceramic Art Symposium> Tokyo University of the Arts
2012 <Rebirth of Rebirth> Roppongi Gallery <Taito Ward Encouragement Prize Award Exhibition> Ueno Underground Walkway Exhibition Booth <Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi> Yukiyuki Basement Gallery <fragile exhibition> CLASKA The 8th Gallery 
Roppongi Gallery 1st Anniversary Plan
2013 <SEVEN TYPES of contemporary art> Matsuzakaya Nagoya store <One article store> hpgrp GALLERY Tokyo 
<Unnamed Memories> Shigaraki Arts Festival Shigaraki Library
2014 Japan Collage 2014 Part 3> Gallery K 
<Mitsukoshi x Kandai> Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store
2016 Exhibition 1 2016 <From four small rooms here> Fujisawa City Art Space
<MDP CERAMICS> Exhibition MDP GALLERY Tokyo
<Ultra Monster Cemetery Exhibition> MDP GALLERY Tokyo
2017 <2017 Gyeonggi World Ceramic Biennale> Korea
<ART POINT Selection II> ARTPOINT GALLWRY Tokyo
<Kadamonodamono Exhibition> FEI ART MUSEUM YOKOHAMA Kanagawa
<WALL ART, WALL DECOR> Hankyu Umeda Main Store comfort Q Osaka
2017-2018 <URNEN> European Ceramic Work Center Netherlands
2017-2018 <ESPRESSO AND CAPPUCCINO CUP> MIDeC museum Italy
2018 <feeling the jazz spirit ... Junkichi Kumakura Ceramics x 21st Century Ceramics Exhibition> Shiga Prefectural Ceramics Forest Pottery Hall Shiga
2018 <Spring Exhibition> Jingdezhen China
2019 <BUN> Gallery Saga Kyoto Japan

Art Fairs
2012 <Mancy's Art Night> Venue: Mancy's Tokyo 
<Young Art Taipei> Sheraton Taipei Hotel Taipei 
<ART NAGOYA> The WESTIN NAGOAYA CASTLE 
<AOSANDO> L'Artisan Pafumeur Tokyo
2013 <Young Art Taipei> Taipei 
<ART OSAKA> HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA
2015 <Art Fair Tokyo 2015> Tokyo International Forum <Super Kyoto 2015> Chion-sha Kyoto Cultural Museum
2016 ART STAGE SINGAPORE
2017 <ART OSAKA> HOTEL GRANVIA OSAKA
2018 <YIA Art Fair> le Carreau du temple: France Paris

Taito Director General Encouragement Award Art Award Tokyo

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