Hypnotic salt labyrinths and circle of life - saltscapes by Motoi Yamamoto
Hours are passing fast and at some point they stop to matter at all as Motoi Yamamoto, armed with plastic squeeze bottle, yoga mat and hundreds of pounds of salt embarks on a gallery floor soon to be transferred in to hypnotic white scapes in his latest "Returned to sea" salt project.
In 1994 after losing his sister to brain cancer, Motoi started researching subject of death, life and rebirth. Salt in many cultures is a symbol of cleansing and for Motoi creating saltscapes became a form of coping with the loss, healing and preservation of his sisters memory.
Yamamoto saltworks are like temporary mementos of his current mindmap that he so masterfully adapts to the idiosyncrasies of exhibit spaces. Every time you see his work in person you glimpse at masterpiece so fragile and temporary, always different - never to be duplicated.
It has such a Zen quality to it, but then, most things where you search and discover yourself do. Be it tragedy in your life or not...
In exhibition's "letting-go" ceremony public has chance to interact in taking piece of "saltscape" and return it to the sea. "Please, enjoy destroying my work" Motoi jokes at the crowd via video link and is greeted with cheers.
Just like Tibetan sand mandalas - Motoi's saltscapes reminds us of impermanence of life and preciousness of this moment. And to complete this circle of life we return small memento of his saltscape - back to the sea.
Photos: Motoi Yamamoto