Wendy Maruyama has been making innovative work for over 40 years.  Having addressed the issues of being a female in a male dominated field (woodworking), a minority (Asian American), and being disabled (deaf with cerebral palsy) has made for an interesting adventure of navigating this challenging road to her.  That, and challenging the norms of this chosen field of woodworking certainly has informed her practice of combined ideologies of feminism, ethnicity, traditional/domestic, craft objects (furniture) and historical and social narratives.

Some of Maruyama’s works has moved beyond the boundaries of traditional studio craft and into the realm of social practice. Executive Order 9066 (2012) explores her Japanese American heritage though the forced evacuation of her maternal grandparents from their home in California, and addressed the shared emotional loss suffered by the Japanese American community in 1942.