Raku Inoue, artist and photographer based in Montreal, creates colorful portraits of insects and other animals using flowers, twigs, leaves, and stems from his garden. Inoue makes these sculptures, inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, Ikebana. Each and every one of them is unique as he chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. He chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. Therefore, each and every one of his works is unique.
“It all started when one day, it was very windy and the petals of the rose bush in my backyard fell to the ground. I picked those up and made my first floral sculpture: a rose petal beetle. I found the process to be so calming and therapeutic that I made this a creative exercise that I would do in the morning while drinking coffee. With time, this became my artistic identity,” the artist said.