About this piece:
The background of this accordion book was created with a series of carved kamaboko blocks. Kamaboko is a Japanese fish cake typically sold in semi cylindrical loaves formed on a 2 x 6 inch board. I had a pile of these blocks saved and decided to try carving them in textural patterns, which resulted in pleasing prints. The orbs were carved from more traditional shina blocks.
paper, binder board
About the artist:
Lives and works in Mountain View, Hawaii, United States.2
Charlene Asato is a visual artist living in Mountain View, Hawaii. Her fascination with artist’s books originated with the study of calligraphy in the 1980s while in the San Francisco Bay area. She finds it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form and artist’s books provide a wonderful avenue to convey this energy. Some of her books may open up to quiet charm or may open in an explosion of surprise. Her artistʻs books have been in juried shows locally and nationally.