By Kazumi Seki
Chicago, Illinois: Kazumi Seki, 2018. Small format edition of 5.
7.9 x 5.7"; 12 leaves. Printed with inkjet printer PIXMA PRO-100 on Hyper OA sumizome paper. Monotype printed with oil-based ink. Title relief printing. Japanese stab binding. Materials: rice paper, hemp thread, inkjet prints, monotype print, and relief print Signed and numbered by the artist.
Breathing is an artist book created as a result of Seki's thesis installation Arugamama. The installation was a participatory experience by attendees. Reactions of those people who participated were captured in photos taken by Anahid Ghorbani.
Artist installation statement: "'Arugamama' is 'socially engaged' book art, a life-sized book, a participatory installation. When you enter this installation, you will first find garments that you can wear. After taking off your shoes, you will enter a Japanese tatami space surrounded by a kaya (traditional Japanese mosquito netting). You are entering a 'book,' which may help you realize your arugamama, the naturalness of feelings within you. You can 'read' the entire environment in and around the installation as well as yourself, engaging your bodily sensations and experiencing connections with other participants through your five senses, going beyond merely verbal communication. There were two types of events: Bedtime Breathing / Reading and Cello Recital / Reading, and each provided a different experience in the space."