salt sculpture by Motoi Yamamoto
Following the death of his sister to brain cancer twelve years ago, Motoi Yamamoto adopted salt as his primary medium. In Japanese culture salt is not only a necessary element to sustain human life, but it is also a symbol of purification. He uses salt in loose form to create intricate labryinth pattern on the gallery floor or baked in brick form to construct large interior structures.
As with the labyrinths and innavigable passageways, Motoi views his installations as exercises which are at once futile yet necessary to his healing.
- Marie Helene Sirois