"26" is one of his collections of minimal and abstract objects. 26 is the atomic number of iron.
When you think of iron, something heavy, hard and cold like factory and pipes come to mind. But his iron looks soft, elegant and just simply beautiful. It is because his works are inspired by nature. Living in the wild allows him to create metal pieces connected to nature.
Motomu's work continues to evolve, as he experiments with the material for a deeper understanding of the properties of iron. He says that the way iron rusts, melts, bends has not and will never change, so he needs to have a flexible mind to change his perception for the material, in order to achieve what he envisions.
Graduated from art school in Tokyo (Setsu Mode Seminar), Motomu was a graphic designer for a clothing line initially, and did various illustrations for CD covers, posters and ads. His obsession with iron started when he did a project involving 3D metal work. He was so mesmerized by the beauty of iron and what he can express with it that he has not stopped working with iron ever since. He produced several building signs for popular music venues and art gallery spaces. He was heavily involved with the art scene.
Motomu was based in Tokyo until 10 years ago when he decided to move his studio to his home town in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Kumage, which is on the southwest side of the main Honshu island. Most of his works are inspired by the lush nature surrounding his studio.
Whether you simply serve tea or coffee on it... use it to hold jewellery or candles... or casually throw it on top of your ottoman as an interior piece... it will make a subtle yet bold statement in your house. So how would you harmonise his iron with nature?
So how would you harmonize his iron with nature?