Maile Yawata

Media: Ceramic, mixed-media

Artist statement: I’m interested in finding an absurd fantasy involving human, plant, and/or animal characters, their emotionality and the stories they might suggest through their facial expressions as well as the mood changes produced by changes in lighting, background, etc.
They are conjured as small drawings on paper, sculpted in clay, and then perform in my photos as ceramic actors. I sometimes create a diorama in which the characters act out a short story, using other photos, drawings, toys, and objects from my stash of stuff. They are drawn from memory and are morphs of family members, friends, the Buddha, waitresses, actors, or passers-by.