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Return to the Sea
Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto

Edited by Mark Sloan

A vibrant catalog documenting fourteen years of saltworks by an acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist

Contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto is known for working with salt—often in the form of temporary, intricate, large-scale installations—and he has created acclaimed projects around the world. Return to the Sea is the first book to take measure of Yamamoto's engagement with salt installations since he began making them in 1994.

Yamamoto began to create art out of salt while mourning the death of his sister, in an effort to preserve his memories. He views his installations as exercises that are at once futile yet necessary to his healing. An important aspect of the installation is the dismantling of his work at the end of each show and delivering the salt back to water, usually in collaboration with the public.

Motoi Yamamoto is an internationally renowned artist who calls his native Japan home. He was born in Onomichi, Hiroshima, in 1966 and received his B.A. from Kanazawa College of Art in 1995. He has exhibited his award-winning creations around the globe in such cities as Athens, Cologne, Jerusalem, Mexico City, Seoul, Tokyo, and Toulouse. He was awarded the Philip Morris Art Award in 2002 as well as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2003.

Mark Sloan is the director and senior curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Sloan is an accomplished photographer and the author or coauthor of eight books.



Book jacket for Return to the Sea


7 ½ x 10 ¼
170 pages
163 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-4675-2127-7
hardcover, $29.95s
Distributed for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston
Video of the artist
"Floating Garden" Saltwork

American Alliance of Museums' Second Prize in Books

Communication Arts' 2013 Design Annual in the category for Catalogues

Selected by the 2013 Communication Arts jury to appear in Design Annual 54, the September/October issue of Communication Arts

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