For Michael Fujita, Philadelphia is the largest and most urban environment that he has lived in, and through his sculptural work, he explores memories of actual architectural sites and details scattered throughout the city. As the artist states, “the memory of a staircase exposed now by the void where another once stood, the custom bricks of varying size used for building and paving, and the patterns made through their various combinations, all serve as launching points.” His floor, and pedestal pieces demonstrate his "kiln casting" technique, a process by which he layers hundreds of varied parts and glaze materials within the confines of a mold that is capable of being fired. After the firing, the mold is broken away, revealing singular elements fused together to create a unique whole. Most recently, Fujita has also focused on creating forms from wood, using the same process of layering smaller singular forms to create larger pieces. In addition to his new ceramic work, Fujita will be using this process to create a life-sized tree made of wood that is completely built within the gallery. Conceptually, it is the time, labor, craft, and material choice that add complex layers of meaning to capture the mood and sensibility of his surroundings, often combining beauty of nature with the built environment.