|Artist / Creator||Kyoko Matsunaga|
|Place of Publication||San Francisco, CA|
|Author of Text||Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland; Henry Gray, Gray's Anatomy|
|Process / Technique||Digital ink jet printing|
|Structure / Binding||Pamphlet stitch|
|Medium / Materials||Inkjet print; bees wax, linen thread, soy bean enclosed in tiny paper envelope.|
|Paper Stock||Mitsumata Paper|
|Number of Pages||6 Panels, 12 Pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.5 x 7.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 5|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
What does ingestion mean to us? This book combines a soy bean, the photographic image of it’s mother plant , an anatomical illustration of a human head, and a quotation from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. In the quotation, the caterpillar questions Alice, “Who are you?” But due to her identity crisis, she could not answer. If you ingest the bean from this book, your cells will be replaced - your identity can be swayed easily.
Artist BioKyoko Matsunaga (b. 1981 Hyogo, Japan) is a mixed media and book artist. She graduated from Kyoto Seika University with a BFA in Printmaking. After graduation, she moved to Tokyo and studied with a bookbinder, Yo Yamazaki, to shape her book art more unerringly. Her work has been exhibited in Japan and abroad. Kyoko has lived in the Bay Area since 2010. Artist Statement The main expressive mediums of Kyoko Matsunaga are mixed media work and book arts, which combine uniquely processed images with words or other digital information. Kyoko was born and brought up in Japan where the East and the West live in harmony. She embraces a desire to clearly understand the western world, but at the same time, she needs amorphous white areas in her mind. As white is a traditional and symbolic color in Japan, it suggests nothingness, death, rebirth, innocence or awe. She feels that white connects the real world to her dream and beyond. Kyoko's images are created by selectively painting white over parts of photographs, snapshots of daily life, or images pulled from the Internet. In many cases, she uses semitransparent materials such as Japanese paper, drying oil, or beeswax to create a sense of distance from reality. These creations have been inspired by the scenery of her dreams. Traces of light captured by the camera or our human eyes physically prove the existence of things. On the other hand, these altered images, covered by a misty white color, show how Kyoko recognizes and determines the world.