Still Life is an extension of Motoyuki Daifu's work in Project Family. In this installment, the family home is a dramatic stage, and the dinner table is Daifu's muse: a hectic disarray of mom's cooking, groceries, vivid product packaging, and the spectrum of anonymous objects forgotten in the course of quotidian life. This discordant ensemble is the physical embodiment of daily familial dissonance, illuminated in sharp relief with flash, shot from above. The convoluted array of geometric colors overwhelms the viewer before we are drawn back to banal reality by the expiration dates stuck to plastic supermarket food containers. In this way, images of the dinner table become a new form of still life, documenting the Japanese symbiosis of order and chaos with a diarist's touch.
Still Life was presented in a solo exhibition at Tokyo contemporary art gallery Misako & Rosen in November 2014.
Edition of 500.
Hardcover, Offset Print, 64 pages, 13 inches x 10 inches, New Fave 2016.