Salt sculptures by Motoi Yamamoto

 Images Blog 2009 12 Mo7
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto sculpts with salt. Hi-Fructose interviewed Yamamoto about his incredibly-intricate, yet temporary, installations. From Hi-Fructose:
 Images Blog 2009 12 Mo9 Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life beyond time and space. Moreover, especially in Japan, it is indispensable in the death culture. After my sister's death, what I began to do in order to accept this reality was examine how death was dealt with in the present social realm. I posed several related themes for myself such as brain death or terminal medical care and picked related materials accordingly. I then came to choose salt as a material for my work. This was when I started to focus on death customs in Japan. In the beginning, I was interested in the fact that salt is used in funerals or in its subtle transparency. But gradually I came to a point where the salt in my work might have been a part of some creature and supported their lives. Now I believe that salt enfolds the メmemory of livesモ. I have thus had a special feeling since I started using it as a material.
Video after the jump.


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  1. Salt seems to possess a close relation with human life…

    oh yes, how very true

    …beyond time and space

    Gahhhhh, why do they keep talking!!!!!

  2. He tried using pepper, but sneezing made the work entirely too temporary.

    A group show with a guy who works with slugs proved disastrous.

    In a contest, he proved to be an artist worth his salt. (No one could lick him.)

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