Ayami Aoyama is a new artist to my clients list, we were introduced by Grounds for Sculpture. I was first asked by Grounds for Sculpture to take some photos at her studio in New Jersey. Some of the works were finished and others were still being worked on for her upcoming show but Grounds for Sculpture thought it would be smart to get photographs early on so they had great images to use for advertising for the upcoming show, I agreed. When I arrived to her studio, it should of been snowing and freezing because it was January 14th, 2016 but the sun came out and the weather gods gave us some beauty in the background. Ayami is amazing, her sculpture to me praises nature and her attitude and spirit is uplifting. So when I heard from her a second time in July to photograph some of the new pieces she was working on, I was super excited to see what she came up with next. The pieces were just beautiful, 2 of them were still works in progress but photographed well. Because of the weight, I decided to photograph the pieces in place. I lit the work outside as to overpower the sun and give the feel that we were in a studio. Here is a bit of info I found online about her past because we are newly friends, it would take a while in conversation to get this much info.
Aoyama, who was born in Japan and now lives in Hopewell, recently displayed her sculptures in an exhibition, entitled Silence, at the Grounds for Sculpture. She works as a supervisor at Antiquity Stone in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, which does the fabrication for Jeff Koons's sculpture. Originally trained as a painter at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Art and Music in Aichi, Japan, she has studied sculpture at the Sculpture Center School (New York), the Craft Student League (New York), The Arts Students League of New York, the Lacoste School of the Arts (France), and the Johnson Atelier Stone Division (Mercerville, NJ).
She currently has a show going on at Morpeth Contemporary