Azuma Makoto: Botanical Sculpturist
Recently, Arkitip went on a private visit to the personal gallery of Azuma Makoto, the famed Japanese artist who transforms flowers and plants into original works of art. His latest work, a one day installation for private viewing, is entitled “Iced Flowers” — bunches of plants and flowers bursting with life are suspended in a giant block of ice. In person, these frozen works are monolithic and strangely beautiful like a glacial-sized snow globe.
Back in 2002, Makoto began his career as a flower artist by opening his haute-couture flower shop, JARDINS des FLEURS alongside business partner, photographer and creative confidant Shiinoki Shunsuke. Then, in 2005, Makoto began to explore a new form of floral design that he called “botanical sculpture.” A decade on, his signature botany artwork is well known in high-end art and fashion circles around the world from Tokyo to Paris.
Ultimately, his sole focus is on “making flowers and plants look more alive” than they truly are, like a kind of suspended hyper-reality. When you look, you can see that unflinching beauty in his work.
Jason Back for Ello Documents.
Photography by Brandon Shigeta.