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Exploring creativity with artist Shinya Masuda

In the spirit of celebrating creativity, we ask talented individuals around the globe to fill our q&a on whats and hows of their creative process. This episode is dedicated to the artist and photographer, Shinya Masuda, who turns rotten food into meditation on transience. 

How would you describe what you do?

All things must pass” is a phrase I learned from my grandmother when I was a child. That phrase triggered and inspired me to start making images that use rotten food and organic matter as important motives. My work bridges the visible physical world and invisible spiritual world. 

How did you get started?

One day, I unintentionally spoiled a box of fruits and vegetables that my mother had sent from my hometown, without even taking them out of the box. I stared down at the veggies lying in the box, which now became their coffin. The sight pained me, but at the same time, it reminded me of my late grandmother’s pet phrase, “all things must pass.”

Once their time in this world has passed, all life loses their form. That’s only natural. While recognizing that providence, I also yearned to capture the remnants of love that my mother must have sent along with those items. The veggies’ value as foodstuffs may be lost, but a piece of my mother’s heart must linger still. Before even that vanished, I wanted to embalm those rotten foods for a proper send off.

I chose Hanafuda as a motif for the last rites.

via www.shinyamasuda.com

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