Masaya Hashimoto’s images of pure white plants might not look like anything remarkable until you realize what they are made out of: the self taught artist crafts them out of the fine bone and antlers from deer near his home in Japan. In some ways, his sculptures are a byproduct of where he lived for nearly a decade, a mountain Buddhist temple where he was given the chance to closely observe the life cycle of plants and flowers like irises and chrysanthemums.
Masaya Hashimoto’s (1978-) career as a sculptor goes back to his experience traveling deep in the mountains of India in the year 2000. There he picked up and polished a piec e of driftwood found along a river, and was fascinated by the way in which the inherent q ualities of a natural object could be brought out by the hand of man. Since then, as he dr aws forth the forms of his sculpture, he has sought to penetrate the depths of both the m aterials and subjects he takes on. In recent years, he has used deer antler and bone to c raft delicate sculptures of the flowers he finds himself surrounded by in everyday life, suc h as daffodils and cherry blossoms, and has also created a number of sculptures in wood.