Murayama’s artistic process starts in the manner of a true botanist: he collects a plant, makes vivisections, observes, draws and photographs. However, his own flowers are born with the help of the 3dsMax software for three-dimensional graphics, while composition and symbolical indications are created with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop applications.
Murayama’s body of works is called Inorganic Flora and it evolves around three major branches. “Botanical Diagrams” are large drawings of a particular flower with the scientific name, parts indications, measurements, scale and other descriptive elements. “Botech Art” is a vivid manifestation of synthesized “Botanical Art” and “Technical Art” in which organic forms disclose their mechanical elements while plant architectonics unveil their gentle, lively and even sexual nature. Finally, “Botech Compositions” are carpet like accumulations of semi-transparent structures brought together in one overwhelming digital garden.
These are not only images of plants, but representations of the intellect’s power and its elaborate tools for scrutinizing nature. As scientific illustration collides with architecture in the guise of explanatory botanical blueprints, the details unveil images where massive amounts of information create a visually beautiful aura and unveil the inner structures that makes the very operation and morphological processes possible. Unlike architectural structures though, flowers are organic and reveal organic shapes and mechanics that set inorganic elements into a specific motion. Transparencies in the work of Macoto Murayama refer not only to the lucid petals of flowers; they are an interpretation of the ambitious, romantic and utopian struggles of science to see and present the world as transparent object, one we need to be completely seen, one that we can grasp in its entirety. This scientific challenge to measure the Universe eventually becomes one of the artist’s sources of inspiration, fusing fantasies and the bearings of romanticism into what Murayama calls Botech Art, or the symbiosis of Botanical Art and Technology.