Artists – Kazuma Sambe
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Kazuma Sambe

Artist Statement

We eat facts and digest them into our reality. Food is an essential element in our life, not only for nutrition but also as a cultural representation through sight and taste. We sometimes think that the food we see with our eyes is the whole image. However, advertising culture manipulates and distorts reality to stimulate consumers’ imagination and turns its product into hope and satisfaction. When we go to a fast food restaurant and order a burger, what we actually get is different from the one depicted in the fancy advertisement. We unconsciously compromise the image or even alter our own perceptions of the burger and eat without suspicion and disappointment.
In this society with saturated information and multiculturalism, we rarely accept reality that is sometimes painful and strict, and taste superficial sweet flavors based upon our own comfort. My art is created through cooking a culture as the main food material. It is seasoned with my Japanese cultural black humor, such as island psychology, an illusion of democracy, and self-torment. Such intense seasoning would make a dish horrible nutritionally, yet oddly attractive to my tongue. I also add a bitter taste, indicating the flatness of our consumer culture through my art, so the customer knows that we are all dreaming in a bed of sugar no matter how we believe in the reality. It brings us distress anxiety and so on, but all such feelings are our happiness as consumers. Knowing that we are floating in sweetness and high-fructose syrup is a medicine that embitters. I hope all of us can even out the bitterness.

EDUCATION

2014 MFA, Ceramics, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ.
2011 BFA, 3D art, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2014-Present Studio Artist, Tucson, AZ
2017-Present Adjunct Faculty, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
2016 Studio Technician, Romero House Ceramics, Tucson, AZ
2014 Faculty Assistant, Ceramics: Throwing Vessels, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Instructor of Record, 3D Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2013 Instructor of Record, 3D Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2012 Instructor of Record, Ceramics Survey, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 (forthcoming) “TBD,” Dual Exhibition, Eric Fiscal Gallery, University of Texas, Dallas, TX
2020 “Ketchup = Red, Mustard = Yellow” Solo Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
2019 “Appetizer Sampler” Solo Exhibition, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
2017 “Buy One, Get One,” Solo Exhibition, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
2016 “Extravagant Flavor, Secret Recipe,” Solo Exhibition, Gallery Azul, Tucson, AZ
2015 “Ones of All Purpose,” Solo Exhibition, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2014 “Re: Valuation,” Dual Exhibition, Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ
“All Purpose Pork Flour,” Solo Exhibition, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“Whale Flavored Soda,” A Master of Fine Arts Solo Thesis Exhibition, Harry Wood
Gallery, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State
University, Tempe, AZ.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Visions in Clay, LH Horton JR Gallery, Stockton, CA
Retro Reaction, Tempe Center of Arts, Tempe, AZ
Contemporary Ceramics, Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2018
22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
Ritual and Randomness: Eye Lounge Group Exhibition, Eye Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Fahrenheit 2018, American Museum of Ceramics Arts, Los Angeles, CA
39th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
2017
The Magnificent Five, Yun Gee Park Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 4, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Strange Changes: Eye Lounge Member show, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
38th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
2016
Amid the Grid: An eye lounge Exhibition, Eye Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
SCIENCE INSPIRES ART: FOOD, New York Hall of Science, Corona, NY
TCA Biennial: Clay, Tempe Center of the Arts, Tempe, AZ
Shapes Of Influence |Contemporary Ceramics, M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, Springfield, IL
All AZ CLAY, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ
Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant Recipient Exhibition, Phoenix Art
Museum, Phoenix, AZ
21th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts,
San Angelo, TX
2015
Visions in Clay, LH Horton JR Gallery, Stockton, CA
All AZ Clay, The WHAM West Gallery, Surprise, AZ
2014
Shapes Of Influence | Contemporary Ceramics, M.G. Nelson Family Gallery,
Springfield, IL
5th Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition, International Group
Exhibition, Concordia Art Gallery, Concordia University, St Paul, MN
20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts,
San Angelo, TX
NICHE Award Finalist, Buyers Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA
13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition, Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ
2013
All AZ Clay, Peoria City Hall, Peoria AZ
12th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition, Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
12th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition, Night Gallery, Tempe, AZ
Video Nite, Neeb Hall, Tempe AZ
2011
All AZ Clay, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler AZ
BFA Exhibition, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
2010
RATIOS, Fire Stone Gallery, Tucson AZ.
On A Small Roll, Stone Dragon Gallery, Tucson AZ
Can You Hear Me Now? Stone Dragon Gallery, Tucson AZ
Functionality: None, the 5th on 6th Art Studio and Gallery, Tucson AZ

GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2017 Juror’s Award, Red Lodge Clay Center Juried National 4, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
Juror’s Award, 38th Annual Contemporary Crafts, Mesa, AZ
2016 Juror’s Choice Award, All AZ Clay, Scottsdale, AZ
2015 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, Emerging artist recognition award from
Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ.
2014 Distinguished Artist, ArtAscent, International Call for Artist, Che L, Canada.
Silver Artist, ArtAscent, International Call for Artist, Che L, Canada.
Finalist Selection NICHE Awards, Baltimore MD.
GPSA Travel Grant 2013-2014, Graduate and Professional Student Association
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
The School of Art Special Talent Scholarship, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Rudy Turk Award for History of American Craft, Arizona State University, Tempe,
AZ
2013 First Place Award, All AZ Clay, Peoria, AZ
The School of Art Special Talent Award, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Rudy Turk Award for History of American Craft, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2012 The Benjamin Wong Fie Scholarship, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The School of Art Special Talent Award, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2011 Lincoln-Herberger Professional Opportunity Travel Grant, Lincoin Family
Foundation and Katherine K. Herberger Endowment Initiative, Arizona State
University, Tempe, AZ.
Deans Fellowship Award, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Emerging Artist Award, All AZ Clay, Chandler, AZ