Mayumi Sarai

By the act of recycling material and working on it in a labor intensive way, I would like to express my perception of beauty of nature as well as a complex relation between human culture and the natural world.
-Mayumi Sarai

Mayumi Sarai, photo courtesy of Noah Murray

Mayumi Sarai was born in Aichi, Japan and moved to New York City in 1991.

Artist Statement
A large portion of my work consists of an accumulation of carved wood, which is usually very simple, round forms. This obsessive repetition of the same elements is an essential part of my sculpture. My work begins with collecting broken tree branches and tree limbs. Using hand tools such as a chisel and a hammer, I carve the wood into simple, small forms and try to transform the materials into something that feels handmade and become my personal, visual language. I construct larger form by assembling small carved objects into larger form as if I put cells together.

Based on my visual memory as well as my conception of nature and simple human gesture, I often try to create sculpture that has a strong presence of life. Consequently, sometimes the material itself (wood) becomes my subject (tree). By the act of recycling material and working on it in a labor intensive way, I would like to express my perception of beauty of nature as well as a complex relation between human culture and the natural world.
-Mayumi Sarai

CV
One Person/Two Person Exhibitions
2017 CANO, Oneonta, NY
2014 Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2012 University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
2012 New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2011 Romano Gallery, Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ
2011 Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Webster University, St. Louis, MO (Two Person)
2005 Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Cidnee Patrick Gallery, Dallas, TX
2003 College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO (Two Person)
1998 Cooper Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1998 Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 JAA Art Exhibition, New York, NY
2018 The Center for Comtemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
2018 Belmar Arts Center, Belmar NJ
2018 JAA Art Exhibition, New York, NY
2017 Studio 34, Long Island City, NY
2017 Gallery Shoshinkan, Nagano, Japan
2017 JAA Art Exhibition, New York, NY
2016 Mural on Main, Hobart, NY
2016 JAA Art Exhibition, New York, NY
2015 Studio 34, Long Island City, NY
2015 Gallery Shoshinkan, Nagano, Japan
2015 JAA Art Exhibition, New York, NY,
2012 Under the Influence, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2012 Gallery Shoshinkan, Nagano, Japan
2011 Rotation, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2010 CANOPY, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Emerging Patterns, 14 Maple Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2009 ISE Cultural Foundation Front Space Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Drawing Atlas, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
2009 Intricacies, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2009 Artists’ Choice, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ
2008 Drawing Atlas, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2008 The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
2007 Point of View, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
2005 Small Works, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Lamar Dodd School of Art Gallery, University of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
2005 Resonance, Five Asian Women Artists in New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
2005 Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts, Perth Amboy, NJ
2004 Krasdale Corporation Gallery, White Plains, NY
2004 Arkansas State University, Jonesville, AK
2004 Gift from Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2004 Jersey (New), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
2004 Seismic Disturbance, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Texas Sculpture Association, North Park, Dallas, TX
2004 Small Pleasures 2, Austin College, Austin, TX
2004 The Apparent Intersection of Near and Far, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2003 Studio Selection, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
2003 Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
2003 Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2003 Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
2002 New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2002 New Prints 2002 Autumn, International Print Center, New York, NY
2002 Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ
2002 Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2001 Beckoning Vision, New York Studio School, New York, NY
2001 Asian American Visual Arts Exhibition, Latino Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2000 Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
1998 United Water, Jersey City, NJ
1998 Images of the East, The Asian-American Artists’ Exhibition, Summit Bancorp, Princeton, NJ
1997 Cooper Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1997 People, Place and Things, New York Studio School, New York, NY
1996 Closed and Open Form, New York Studio School, New York, NY
1996 Shoe String Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1995 Select Paintings and Sculpture, Pleiades Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Fresh Young Artists at 55 Mercer, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY

Education
1992-1995 New York Studio School, New York, NY
1984-1988 Nihon University College of Art, Tokyo, Japan, B.F.A. Sculpture

Awards
2017 Individual Artist Fellowship for Sculpture, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2012 Asahi Shinbun Foundation Grant
2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2010 George and Helen Segal Foundation Grant
2008 J. Sanford Saltus Award & Medal for Sculpture, National Academy Museum
2001 New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship
1995 Excellence in Sculpture, New York Studio School
1993-1995 George Spaventa Memorial Scholarship, New York Studio School

Selected Bibliography
2015 Mayumi Sarai, Review by Jonathan Goodman, Sculpture Magazine, March 2015
2013 Artist Coloring Jersey, Article by Sarah Fenson, Inside Jersey, January 2013
2012 Round and Round She Goes, Review by Ilene Dube, US1, June 6, 2012
2011 Mayumi Sarai, Review by Elisa Decker, Art in America, June/July 2011
2011 Lord of the Rings, Objects of Desire article by Sarah E. Fensom, Art & Antiques, April 2011
2009 Drawing Atlas, Catalogue by Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
2008 The large & small of it, Review by Dan Bischoff, Star-Ledger, June 6, 2008
2008 The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Catalogue by National   Academy Museum
2007 Clusters That Reward, Review by Frank Holliday, Gay City News, October 10-24, 2007
2006 Mayumi Sarai, Review by Jonathan Goodman, Sculpture Magazine, January/February 2006
2005 Gallery Chronicle, Review by Karen Wilkin, Hudson Review, Autumn 2005
2005 Resonance, Article in Japanese by Midori Yoshimoto, Club for Art Action History No.74, June 13, 2005
2005 Of Asian Nature, Spirit and the Garden State, Review by Benjamin Genocchio, New York Times, April 3, 2005
2004 Seismic Disturbance, Review by Sandra Ban, Art News, October 2004
2004 Transcultural New Jersey: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities, Catalogue by Rutgers University, 2004
2004 Diverse Hands, Review by Dan Bischoff, Star-Leger, March 14, 2004
2002 Master Prints Come to RVCC, Courier News, October 3, 2002
2001 La Prairie Style, Interior Design, February 2001
2001 East Meets Best, Inside Beat, April 19, 2001
1998 Clear Vision, Review by Eileen Kennedy-Dyne, Jersey Journal,
June 20, 1998

Lectures
2010 Lecture for Tama Art University Alumni Association, New York, NY
2005 Lecture, Nihon University College of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Artists’ Talk with Art Critic Jonathan Goodman, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
2004 Panel Discussion, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2004 Artists’ Talk with CUNY Professor Juan Flores, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
2003 Lecture, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO

Public Collections
Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ
Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

Corporate Collections
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
La Prairie, New York, NY
Totetsu Kogyo Company, Tokyo, Japan