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Obaachan-no-kami-(7)

Gravestone, 2021
1/50, inkjet print on 150 g/m² paper and 75 g/m² tracing paper
folded 21.6 x 42 cm, unfolded 84 x 64 cm

In collaboration with Theodor Maier

“Gravestone” is an artists’ book revolving around cemeteries, minimalist sculptures and emptiness. A white paper cut-out of a typical Japanese tombstone is intended to be folded into
a three-dimensional object from an initial flat state. The book refers to gravestones in the stores alongside the borders of Tokyo’s cemeteries. Those unassigned and blank cenotaphs, with simple and clear geometric outlines, resemble minimalist sculptures.
An index is printed on the last page of the book and is a montage of notes from conversations
and readings. Devoid of page numbering, the index refers back to the bareness of the sculpture’s exterior. Visible only when the surface is flattened, once put together, the emptiness prevails.  “Gravestone” is light and transportable, an anti-monument that underlines constant transition.

In the collaborative project “Gravestone / 墓石”, the two artists explore the dynamics between book and sculpture and the effect of the void.