This shadow book is inspired by my memories of my grandmother. I have created this book with an accordion structure and paper-cut-out images of Korean traditional doors. Both the door images and the accordion structure which resembles to the folding screen are used as metaphors of the inseparability of life and death. Opening this book is spreading out the folding screen which traditionally means evoking a spirit in the ancestral rite.
Unlike many other doors, the traditional rice paper door does not totally block the inside and out from each other. It only creates the concept of this side and the other while simultaneously connecting them to each other. When this accordion book is unfolded, the pages are shaped as closed, connecting the memories of my Grandmother, who is now in the other side, with myself in this world.
2011, opened size : 2 ½ x 3 ¼ x 20”, edition size: 10 copies +2 A.P., hand cut on Niyory paper, transfer print for printing texts, Canson paper, pamphlet stitched accordion folded shadow book