They always say, “Go easy on the salt” but for Motoi Yamamoto that is not the case. Yamoto is a Japanese artist who uses salt as his medium. Often spreading the entire width of gallery floors, Yamoto creates intricate designs that take hours upon hours to complete. Although this may seem like a random idea, the way he started creating these salt scapes is extremely personal. While in art school in 1996, Yamoto’s sister passed away from brain cancer, leading him to abandon traditional painting and search for something more fundamental. In Japanese culture, salt is a funerary material meant to cleanse one of grief. Yamoto was immediately drawn to this, and has been using salt for his work ever since. To see more, click here