Saturday, 26 July 2014

From botanical illustration to botanical installation, or constellation

I saw this in The Guardian and had to share it... Introducing another Makoto, and this artist is just as clever!

Azuma Makoto © 
Working with JP Aerospace, the Tokyo artist, Azuma Makoto, has created a completely unparalleled set of landscape images that show organic life on the edge of space. The Tokyo artist has sent a bonsai tree, orchids, lilies and other plants into the stratosphere, where they are then captured in an image. The resulting pictures affirm the mystery of life on Earth in the most provoking and yet beautiful way. When asked about his work, Makoto says that by putting the life forms on the borders of space, beyond their earthly home, he transforms them into "exobiotanica" - extraterrestrial plant life.

Azuma Makoto © 
Azuma Makoto was born in 1976 and describes himself as a Flower Artist, a career that he embarked upon in 2005. Between 2007 and 2009, he then ran a private gallery called ‘AMPG’ in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Tokyo, to exhibit his private works. In 2009, Azuma later went on to found an experimental laboratory called ‘Azuma Makoto Kaju Kenkyusho’ (Abbr. AMKK – which means Azuma Makoto Botanical Research Institute.) and ever since then, he has been pursuing the infinitive potential of plants (definitely my kind of artist). I rather like Azuma Makoto, because he says that in all of his work he focuses on elevating the value of flowers and plants – something I am sure we all empathise with! Apparently he does this by exploring the unique and mysterious forms that plants posses on a daily basis. Respecting the existence of nature and keeping its dignity, Azuma then converts and expresses these beautiful elements into an artwork. Well I am most certainly impressed. Are you?!

You can see more of his work on facebook here

Azuma Makoto © 

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