Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Solo Exhibition: From the Depth of West Virginia                        

I have always respected the land and all those who lived on it, but until I married into a family of hunters, I did not truly know what all of that meant. Respect for the land and animals come in many different ways. This body of work explores my conflict of a life of a vegan married into a family of hunters who kill, gut, preserve their own food while simultaneously help to  guard the land.

Most of the pieces were creating using remnants of Richmond cityscape: dried out bat found on a side walk, antlers in the train yards, bird nests in nearby trees and beehives on the studio wall. 

When one quiets the mind, one will find residual remains of battles won and lost, stories untold and lives lived and lost- even with the backdrop of an urban landscape.

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© 2019 by SAYAKA SUZUKI 

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