“I see my work as communication—the messages of which are subtle and intuitive. The discoveries I stumble upon through my inquiry into human nature are lasting movements which are carried into the pieces. When sketching forms I seek to find ones which resonate. When the viewer can feel this, the connection has been made. I see this as a celebration of our existence.”
This website presents a collection of my artwork in different media. Sculpting in wood is my main line of work. New sculptures are regularly listed for sale on my online Etsy shop. I post real time pictures of the sculpting process regularly on instagram @sasaki.mike_woodforms. For the latest news, follow my facebook artist page @AbstractWoodForms. Read creative writing with metaphysical themes and other entries about my inspiration on my blog: Behind The Wood Forms. The sculptures can be seen on location in Vancouver, Canada at the Craft House on Granville Island; and in Osaka, Japan at Toi. Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly respond.
I was born in Toronto, Canada in 1982. I practiced drawing a lot as a child out of enjoyment. I was also taught woodworking from my father at a young age. In high school I started using clay for sculptures. I graduated from the York University/Sheridan College Honours Bachelor Program in Design in 2005. There, I implemented my drawings into my designs quite often. I was especially interested in the book design course because we learned how to bind books by hand and it gave me an opportunity to write, illustrate, design and bind a volume. This allowed for a totally integrated design where the paper's texture relates to the theme of the book, the dust jacket design relates to the stitching style, etc. I went on to live in Tokyo for 5 years deepening my investigation into Japanese culture and philosophy, and practicing Shorinji Kempo - a martial art. The gardens, block prints, festivals, tea ceremony and architecture were deeply inspiring. I worked illustrating teaching material, designing new year's cards, and illustrating t-shirts. When I returned to Canada I worked at Lynrich Arts in Toronto where I provided graphic design, illustration, and art teaching. I have been doing freelance graphic design and illustration since 2005. I started using wood as my main mode of expression since realizing in 2011 that it was my choice medium. The ideas and concepts for the sculptures were developed shortly thereafter. I currently live in Vancouver, Canada.