Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois
My current works use fiber materials to explore the evolution of relationships over time. I use laborious processes to create pieces that reflect the time and effort required to build connections. Relationships change even without the knowledge of the participant/s. The product of the process becomes a memento, something that records and remembers the time spent creating the work and the bond. They are the embodiment and representation of the connection I have fostered, and others have fostered in their life.
Moe Wakai was born in Osaka, Japan, grew up in Boston, MA and is now studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her BFA. She draws on the works of artists such as Brandon Breaux and Gee’s Bend to explore the evolution of relationships within and around her. Moe uses labor intensive processes such as weaving, embroidering, analogue photography, and papermaking in an effort to understand the time-consuming nature of relationships between herself and others.