The salt maze which is like wind patterns in the sand spread ahead like
a sea of clouds to the end of the space of the gallery. It continues and
becomes to the mass of the salt in white, which is almost making our thoughts
terminate. The line is shivering and the edge is making expression by
the influence of the state of the artistﾕs mind or, by the unevenness
of the floor and the humidity. The gallery changes to one symbolic and
ceremonial space with venerable attitude.
Salt, which has been permeated into Japanese life style not only as a
symbol of talisman and purification for ceremonies but in the daily life
connected to the indigenous belief, as well as the one of the crucial
food ingredient for life. Yamamotoﾕs maze made by salt that is deeply
rooted in the scenery of life and death and like a bridge between Nirvana
and present life, tells us silently that death always lies next to us
but it is hardly approach to its world, also it implies that every life
being is now walking steadily toward its end. The repetition of the creation
and the pureness concentrated in the white appeals strongly to us in front
of the work, the dignity of life which should be dealt with the definition
of death, which tends to be left behind in the over-flew information,
virtual reality, and in the medical and academic field.
The salt maze, which should not be read simply by the stereotyped Japanese
esthetic consciousness such as emotions and spirituality, reveals the
definite truth of the destiny of rusting life, also cite the universal
question of the meaning of life.
exhibition T.L.A.P, Tokyo (29 March - 7 April)