|Artist / Creator||Kyoko Matsunaga|
|Place of Publication||San Francisco, CA|
|Process / Technique||Digital ink jet printing and letterpress.|
|Number of Images||30|
|Image Process||Painting on photgraphs.|
|Structure / Binding||Hand bound with an original accordion technique using paper tabs that attach pages to the accordion.|
|Paper Stock||Mitsumata paper; Stonehenge Fawn; Harukaze|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5.9 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches closed. 95 x 150 x 20 mm.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Box / Wrapper||Paper wrapper with a rubber cord.|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes. Signed on wrapper.|
During a single signal cycle at Kinro-Fukushi-Kaikan-mae intersection on a certain day in September of 2008 in Shibuya, Tokyo, hundreds of people and cars passed each other with no lasting memories. Every seven seconds within that cycle, photographic images recorded this series of happenstance moments. The images were then reproduced and fragments removed, symbolizing how memories and events gradually recede from our awareness.
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.