Kon Michiko held her first solo exhibition in 1985 after having studied at the Tokyo Photographic College and having turned to photography when she began making collages in the late 1970s. The Japanese photographer assembles objects and biological elements such as food, plants and insects to create a tension between the animate and the inanimate, reality and the imagination: ‘There are sea and mountains in the town where I have been living since my birth. We can get fresh fish and vegetables there. When I look at them or make food from them, more than having an awareness that they are foodstuffs, I feel the delicacy and beauty of their forms, the eroticism of raw things, as well as their transience. I combine those foodstuffs with my favorite antiques, clothes, and shoes and other things’. What seem to be at first glance, mundane objects, reveal themselves as disturbing creations such as cabbages resembling disarticulated bodies, a fish turned into a hybrid bird or a shoe made of salmon skin. By doing so, Kon Michiko evokes Edward Weston’s classicism alongside Arcimboldo’s fruit figures as well as 17th century memento mori, reflecting on life, death and time. Sensual and decaying at the same time, her work resonates with the ephemerality of nature.