Yasue Maetake was originally trained in glass engraving, absorbing the importance of physical and optical manipulation, which would have a strong influence on her work. Prior to moving to New York, Maetake attended vocational schools in Japan and the Czech Republic, and apprenticed with a private glass foundry in southern Germany. Today, Maetake’s practice spans sculpture, fiber, collage, and video. She engages in an active sculptural dispute between whether to humanly embrace or to rebelliously challenge materials and form, while creating images that suggest life-like hybrids of form that remind us of manmade construction juxtaposed alongside raw elements of nature. Maetake’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad at venues including Galerie Fons Welters Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY; Espacio 1414, The Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Queens Art Museum, Queens, NY; and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL. Maetake has been a resident artist in the studio of El Anatsui in Ghana; and has received awards and fellowships including from the Agency for Japanese Cultural Affairs. In the Spring of 2016, Maetake’s work was featured at Hometown, Brooklyn as part of a two-artist exhibition entitled Passing Index. In the Fall of 2017, Maetake will present her solo exhibition at THE CHIMNEY, Brooklyn. Maetake earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY; and currently lives and works in Queens, NY and is originally from Tokyo, Japan.