Space Sculpture Inspired by Afruz Amighi’s My House, My Tomb
In this activity, you will create your own “space sculpture” out of found objects, light, and shadow.
Objective: Students will create their own books and stamps, and can inscribe poetry or good wishes on each others books. They will then take their books with them on a pilgrimage to the Asian Art Museum, the Japanese tea garden, or the beach, and record their impressions.
Many Edo period travelers kept diaries of their adventures on the road, and some of these became best-selling books that in turn inspired other would-be travelers. Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Deep North, is the best known of these. It chronicles a fascinating road trip full of beautiful, sorrowful, and terrifying moments written in detailed prose interspersed with poetry.
Travelers in Japan today continue to document their experiences. An example of this can be witnessed at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Many visitors carry small books with blank pages. For a donation, monks will place the temple or shrine’s stamp in red, and then inscribe the name of the institution and date in your book with black Chinese characters.
Artwork (see “Related Resources” below): Mount Fuji and the Beach at Miho; Two cardboard or mat board covers (example, each board = 4/1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches); oblong strip of paper for pages (4 inches by 32 inches); glue sticks; white vinyl eraser for carving stamps; linoleum carving tools: commercial rubber stamps or white vinyl erasers; ink stamp pads; metallic gold and red colors; small bamboo brushes; sumi ink
Japanese Screen Option:
This booklet format can also be adapted to create a miniature Japanese screen. Simply change the dimensions of the paper to 6 x 18 inches. This will make a 6-fold screen with panels measuring 3 x 6 inches. For screens, it is best to use heavy card stock as your form, then cover this with gold foil to use as a painting surface.