New works by Saya Moriyasu and Amanda Knowles

Artist Reception

Saturday, March 9, 3-5pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, March 30th, 11am

exhibition dates: March 8 – April 13, 2019


My quiet comes from reviewing life and sensing a need for quiet around me.  The color palette is reduced and the shine disappears.

A visual for my quiet is an imaginary couple who are professors of literature.  They live in a home with lots of natural wood, natural light and evergreen trees surrounding them.  Reading books surrounded by simple artwork that alludes to transcendence and eastern thought.

Creating a space in the gallery where you might imagine putting down a novel you are reading and gazing to find new meaning in the art.  A calm and relaxed mind that is open to new thoughts and experiences.

SAYA MORIYASU graduated from University of Washington, attended Skowhegan in Maine and received a Hauberg Fellowship Residency at Pilchuck Glass School. She is a former member of SOIL Gallery. This is our fifth solo exhibit with Saya Moriyasu.

Saya’s work has been exhibited at The Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), University of Washington, MadART (Seattle WA), Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), Museum of NW Art (La Conner, WA), Aqua Art (Miami Beach, FL), IC Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID) and Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA). Her work is the permanent collections of the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, City of Seattle, Whatcom Museum (Bellingham), Western Gallery, Western Washington University (Bellingham), NW Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane), Museum of Art, Washington State University (Pullman), Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), and Vulcan Inc (Seattle, WA). Saya Moriyasu lives and works in Seattle, WA.

AMANDA KNOWLES: Views + Spatial Extensions

My current work is an acknowledgement of the growth happening all around us and is influenced by the dramatic, shifting surroundings of Seattle. I am continually interested in the structure shown in the building process and the ultimately hidden supports and infrastructure that are temporarily exposed as a building goes up. I am excited by the implications and internal machinations of the complicated interiors and intricate supports before the scaffolding comes down and the sheathing covers the internal form.

By using a plastic Holga camera to document and explore this industry I strip out the particulars of place through the use of multiple exposures. This is my sketchbook, rooted and reiterated by the layering prevalent in my work. These images are the basis of my investigations, sometimes finding their way into the work, but many times are used as the point of departure and a way of thinking.

I work and rework – building and covering in layers. This way of working is equally about balancing confidence and doubt, a drive to be vulnerable and guarded, and is a way of thinking through. It is about searching, not finding answers, but working through as we question – “what supports what?”

I am incredibly lucky to have been included for the past couple of years in the Duwamish residency. For one week each year I find myself outside in the intersection of the industrial and sacred lands of this city. This slowing down and sitting within this landscape has greatly impacted my work.

AMANDA KNOWLES earned a MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded a 2005 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and three GAP grants (2004, 2008, 2015) from Artist Trust. Knowles has been a visiting artist at universities across the United States, taught classes and workshops, and has attended several artist residencies – including a 2017 residency at the Ucross Foundation. In 2017 she joined the Duwamish Artist Residency. She served on the board of Seattle Print Arts from 2005-2017. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of 4Culture – King County Portable Works (Seattle, WA); The City of Seattle – Portable Works Collection; ArtsWA – Washington State Art Collection; University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ); Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA);  Triennale de Chamalieres Print Center (France), among others.

Amanda Knowles currently teaches printmaking and drawing at North Seattle College, and is the director of the North Seattle College Art Gallery. This is our second solo exhibit with Amanda.


Mar 09 2019


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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G. Gibson Gallery
104 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA, USA