Salt of the earth
Totally in awe of the labyrinthine installations -- in salt -- of Motoi Yamamoto. (The above is from "Hundred Stories About Love," which was housed at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.)
The mainspring of my work is derived from the death of my sister from brain cancer ... Since then, I have had the dilemma, in grief and surprise, of thinking about what I had and lost. I started making art works that reflected such feelings and continue it as if I were writing a diary. Many of my works take the form of labyrinths with complicated patterns, ruined and abandoned staircases or too narrow life-size tunnels, and all these works are made with salt. 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. ... Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by.