Sana Musasama is a ceramicist, humanist and world traveler whose research-based practice has brought her to live and work in villages in Cambodia, Vietnam, Rwanda, and Japan. Her work is motivated by the desire to gain greater cultural understanding of the traditions, rituals and customs related to womanhood that are often perceived as oppressive to Western perspectives, and to tell the stories of those without a voice.

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

In Stop and Sugar vs. Sap, Musasama describes the trees as “silent witnesses,”  living beings that don’t talk, but have seen history pass by for hundreds of years. These two sculptures breath life into the little known U.S. history of the Maple Tree Movement, which originated in the 18th century as an initiative to lessen or destroy the consumption of West Indian sugar as means to indirectly abolish slavery.