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Saya Woolfalk

Japanese-American, b. 1979

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Saya Woolfalk

Japanese-American, b. 1979

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Mythological, folkloric worlds form the basis of Saya Woolfalk’s multimedia installations, which blend science fiction, metaphysics, anthropology, and genetics to explore perceptions of the present and future. In the “No Place” series, the artist imagines a fictional, futuristic universe. Inhabited by different classes of creatures who seek to disrupt hierarchies and systems of representation, “No Place” is inspired by ethnographic theories and anthropological satire. This macrocosmic civilization reminds viewers of the diversity of our own world and the relativity of our reality. Each of Woolfalk’s installations builds on previous works and sculpts a mythology extracted from an essential truth. Her art is rooted in a playful aesthetic inspired by Roland Barthes’s Mythologies, metamorphosis in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and contemporary Afrofuturist artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite.

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Biography

Mythological, folkloric worlds form the basis of Saya Woolfalk’s multimedia installations, which blend science fiction, metaphysics, anthropology, and genetics to explore perceptions of the present and future. In the “No Place” series, the artist imagines a fictional, futuristic universe. Inhabited by different classes of creatures who seek to disrupt hierarchies and systems of representation, “No Place” is inspired by ethnographic theories and anthropological satire. This macrocosmic civilization reminds viewers of the diversity of our own world and the relativity of our reality. Each of Woolfalk’s installations builds on previous works and sculpts a mythology extracted from an essential truth. Her art is rooted in a playful aesthetic inspired by Roland Barthes’s Mythologies, metamorphosis in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and contemporary Afrofuturist artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
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