New exhibit at Idaho Falls museum draws attention to beauty of salvaged artifacts


Photos of the exhibition “ Sayaka Ganz: Salvaged Objects ” by Adam Forsgren

A new exhibit at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls shows the beauty and possibilities that can be found in everyday objects that have been thrown away.

The “Sayaka Ganz: Recovered Objects” exhibition features colorful sculptures of moving animals made up of everything from kitchen utensils to the artist’s antique toys, Sayaka ganz, collected. The sculptures capture the energy and movement of creatures in nature while illustrating how new life can be given to household items we no longer use.

The exhibition also includes prints that help to substantiate the ideas that Ganz presents in his art. Together, the prints and sculptures help link the beauty of nature to the effect humanity has on the planet.

Making art from pieces has fascinated Ganz since she was young.

“I’ve always been very interested in scrap materials,” she told EastIdahoNews.com. “I think part of that is because when I was growing up my mom always had so many different craft hobbies, and she always gave me her trash. I have fond memories of playing with all of these things, and I was a kid who loved puzzles and other types of puzzles. So I think assembling shapes came very naturally to me, and I really enjoy this process.

Ganz’s process involves building metal frames as the basis for his sculptures. From there, she attaches objects to the frames, often cutting larger objects to fit her vision more perfectly. The results are works that render the movement, energy and speed of natural creatures in a way that preserves their beauty and textures.

Ganz said that once she has her frames on, the process of finishing her sculptures goes quite organically.

“This part of the process is very spontaneous,” she said. “I tend to start with a big bunch of materials in the color I need. I just put them together intuitively like a puzzle. I tend to start with the larger objects that can only go to certain places on the body, and I use them as a starting point. But then what happens is that towards the end, the objects that I put on the frame at the beginning almost always have to come off at the end.

“My process is really focused on the movement of the animal,” she added. “I use the found objects almost like brushstrokes because I describe the surface of the animal’s body but also the movement.”

Ganz also said that she hopes the audience will come away from the “Salvaged Items” with an appreciation for the possibilities hidden in the things we throw away.

“The most important message I want people to get is how beautiful these plastics can be and the potential for things that are considered waste,” she said. “I want to elevate (found objects) as a material. For all the environmental messages I send out, I think it will all come naturally if we can put more value into these things that, at the moment, we find so easy to throw away.

“Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations” is currently on display at The Museum of Art of Eastern Idaho now until October 2. Visit the museum website or Facebook page for more information.

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