Wendy Maruyama
I am an artist from San Diego, California and have been making sculpture and furniture since 1970. My work is often inspired by extended residencies and visits to various countries such as France, England, Japan, Korea and China.

In the past 10 years my work has taken on a political direction, bringing awareness to issues related to my personal history and ethnicity and most recently, wildlife advocacy.

The work, Executive Order 9066 has hit close to home - the work is influenced by personal and family history and addresses the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942. This event dramatically changed the Japanese American psyche and is to this day is still a vague segment of history to most Americans.

My current project, The wildLIFE Project addresses the plight of wildlife being killed needlessly by humans. Thousands of elephants and rhinoceros are being killed for their ivory or their horns only to satisfy the vanity of mankind. This work serves to present this problem to the viewers with hopes of educating them of the vulnerability of these animals, and to promote advocacy and activism towards animal protection.