Time: September 13, 2016 at 7pm to September 18, 2016 at 6pm
Location: Ouchi Gallery
Street: 170 Tillary Street Suite 105
Website or Map: http://www.ouchigallery.com
Event Type: opening
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2016
Jam Maruyama grew up in the mountainous area of Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The ever-changing beauty of the seasons found in Hokkaido that Jam deeply appreciated as a child became the foundation of her keen sense of color. The soft, exquisite colors that she acquainted from growing up surrounded by nature is evident in her artwork although at first glance, it is her vivid color palettes that are noticeable in her creation.
Another distinctive feature of Jam’s artwork is her permeation of the thematic portraits of young women. Having continuously and intensely sought for “inner strength” in her adolescent years, Jam struggled but hoped at the same time to someday evolve from confusion and insecurity to a compassionate, independent woman. The assertiveness that can be observed among the young women portrayed in Jam’s artwork might be a reflection of Jam’s inner strength and confidence.
Rather than expressing her beliefs or sending specific messages through her art, Jam looks within; has an internal-dialogue with her inner self and expresses that in her art. For her, creation of her artwork is a part of meditating process – peacefully appreciated, just like the natural environment that her home city offered her long ago.