Saeri Kiritani's One Million Grains of Rice Life Size Sculpture

Artist Saeri Kiritani recently created a life-size self-sculpture constructed from over 1 million grains of glued rice. Saeri, who is originally from Kanazawa, Japan, and currently lives in New York City, made the sculpture out of rice because it reflects her cultural heritage. “I grew up in Japan, where rice was the biggest part of my diet." Saeri says, "It still is. You could say that the cells of my body are made mostly from rice! Also, rice is something that many people in the U.S., and elsewhere, associate with Asian people. Rice is a part of my self-identity and part of how others identify me. So, it made sense that my self-portrait sculpture should be made with rice.” The sculpture was selected as one of the winners in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and will be revealed at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery on March 23 and on view through February 2014.

Find out more about Saeri's work here.

via [Asian Art Blog]