Happy Birthday: Wendy Maruyama
Wendy Maruyama was born on July 11th. She is a contemporary sculptor, installation artist, furniture maker, and educator.
Maruyama started as a furniture designer and then applied her skills to tell narratives through her woodworking. Her work has been inspired by Japanese culture and explored political issues such as the Japanese internment camps of the 1940's and the poaching of wildlife in Africa.
"Furniture has this amazing ability to surprise somebody, especially in the form of casework, where it's like the whole cabinet of curiosity, and you're able to open a piece up and reveal something entirely different."