Lori Bookstein Fine Art Presents MAYUMI SARAI, 5/29-6/28
Despite the hardness of the wood, the artist's work is incredibly dynamic. In Portrait of My Hair, Sarai's hundreds of small orbs reflect the fluid movement of long hair, while the twisted lines and "active transliteration of a human gesture" found in Knot #2 show the dynamism of form. In Beginning, the three-dimensionality of Sarai's works is even more emphatic, as the molecular-like elements seem to burst forth from the wall into the realm of the viewer.
While the artist's continued interest in Japanese Buddhist sculpture and African tribal fetish and fertility sculpture are readily apparent in this body of work, there is also a strong utilitarian element to the work. Sarai's forms suggest activities such as braiding hair, weaving baskets or sewing quilts. Once combined, Sarai's naturalistic, biomorphic pieces achieve a spiritual quality and meditative emotional resonance that belie their laborious and methodical execution.
Photo Credit: Mayumi Sarai, Knot #2, 2011, Wood, 65 x 12 x 26 inches.