The Way to Be Empty, 2
Each small box with its burned cover is a page in this book. The burned-out figures on all 108 pages are renderings of the Chinese character Dao, which has various meanings, including “path” or “way”—each designed by a different stamp engraver or calligrapher. The incense was used to create emptiness (physical absence) on paper and each image of the characters creates the 108 different ways to be empty in this book.
2006, closed size: 9 x 11 ½ x 8", 108 small boxes set within five larger boxes, edition size: 10 + 1 A.P., incense burning and box-making, Okawara, Warahanshi, Book cloth for clamshell box and enclosure