Shinya Masuda Artist Talk and Reception

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shinya Masuda Artist Talk and Reception


Join us at the Carnegie Center for Creativity at 6 pm for and talk by celebrated Japanese artist Shinya Masuda. This exhibition is Masuda’s first solo exhibition in the United States.


Artist talk at 6:30 with reception following. Refreshments will be served.


Carnegie Center for Creativity

200 Matthews Street

Old Town, Fort Collins



Shinya Masuda’s works visualize the complexity of familial relationships. Carrying on family traditions while claiming a self-determined path has long been the subject of novels and films. Masuda uses the objects in his daily life that signify relationship and the conflicting way of love, enmity, and reconciliation.


My work consists of eccentric colors and decaying subjects. By merging odd motifs, I wish to create the harmony, stimulation, and solemnity at once.


The decayed foods depicted in the work are the gifts from my mother; one day, I unintentionally spoiled a box of fruits and vegetables that my mother had sent from my hometown, without even taking them out of the box. I stared down at the rotten veggies lying in the box, which now became their coffin. The sight pained me, but at the same time, it reminded me of the words my late grandmother used to say: “all things must pass.”


Once their time in this world has passed, all life loses forms. While recognizing that providence, I also yearned to capture the afterglow of love that my mother must have sent along with those items.


The decayed subjects are combined with the motifs that are originally from Hanafuda, the traditional Japanese card game consisting of a deck of 48 cards, which are divided into 12 suits of 4 cards each. Each suit represents a month of the year, characterized by seasonal flower or plant of that month.


The grandmother who taught me the concept of impermanence is also the one who taught me how to play the game of Hanafuda.