Shinya Masuda

Born in Nagoya (Japan) in 1965. Lives and works in Tokyo.
Graduated from Nagano Art and Design School in Visual Communication Design.
Represented by The Artling Gallery, Singapore.

One day, I accidentally left a box of fruit and vegetables that my mother shipped to me from my hometown to rot. I hadn't even taken them out of their packaging. I then contemplated the vegetables at the bottom of their box, which had become their basket. Before they fall apart, I wanted to embalm these corrupt fruits to pay homage to them. I chose the Hanafuda as a motif of the last rites. Hanafuda, or "Flower Game" is a traditional Japanese card game. It consists of a pack of 48 cards, which are divided into 12 suites of 4 cards each. Each suite represents a month of the year and is illustrated with a flower or a plant of its own. In most suites, there are two cards: one on which the plant is depicted all by itself, and the other featuring a tanzaku, or a poem on a ribbon, in the middle of the flowers.