Exploring the interrelationship between photography and performance, the work of Ayakamay combines image-making with fantastically constructed but intimate live experiences. Ayakamay simultaneously appropriates traditional Japanese cultural aesthetics and creates a dialogue with contemporary American urbanity and femininity, through the whimsical lens of her personal experience as a Japanese-American woman. This hybrid cultural identity is reflected in Ayakamay’s practice as fantasy and reality intersect. The staged, costumed worlds of studio photography and videography are combined with interactive performances engaging the unpredictability of encounters with strangers and exchanges of physical senses and emotional states.
Born 1985 in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Tennessee, California and Japan.
Move to New York in 2006
Working as an visual artist, photographer and videographer