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#01 Hams of the Planets

planets photographs made to look like slices of hams

Dimension: A4 - 297x210mm /
Binding: staple bound / Printing: laser print / Year: 2020

Hams of the Planets is my very special 1st issue of the new art book series “Gitai”. Looking at the cover, it looks just like a magazine featuring hams. However, the ham’s shape is a trace of the earth. So this is not just a magazine, but an art book of visual comparison between two objects, planets and hams.

None of the images in the book are made of actual photographs of ham. Instead, I have painted planets pink. The book contains nine types of the planets' hams such as Earth, Mars as well as The Sun and Moon. The interesting point of this work is how it presents a new perspective when it has been colored in pink. Details of the planets such as craters and clouds are compared to hams’ marbled patterns. For example, the surface of the Sun becomes akin to a slice of salami sausage.

This is a little experiment to create "wow" from our daily lives. Next time you’re in the meat aisle at the supermarket, please see if you could find your favorite planet.

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