Joanne Kluba, “Tokonoma”
Lid open, with contents, book center, scrolls to side, objects all around
Artist: Joanne Kluba (Saint Louis, MO)
Title: Tokonoma (2013)
Medium/technique(s): Sumi Painting, Accordion bound with removable spine. Sumi calligraphy on chiri paper. Natural objects in custom sectioned box.
Edition size: Unique
Number of pages: 56
Dimensions, book: 28-1/2 x 8 x 1-5/8 in
Dimensions, box: 16-1/2 x 17-5/8 x 2-1/2 in
Tokonoma is a book and box set of artwork, poetry and natural objects that combine to create an interactive and engaging approach to the book. It comes with an instruction guide on the inside lid. This book is inspired by the Japanese Tokonoma, an alcove of beauty in the home. This set includes and book of sumi landscapes painted by the artist; this gives the viewer, or reader eighteen sets of 4-panel landscapes to choose for the background of the tokonoma. To each side of the book, in the box, are 12 poems by the poet Matsuo Basho, calligraphied in sumi ink on chiri paper; these have a built in hanger on the top back for hanging over the landscape painting. A variety of small natural objects found in individual sections of the box can be chosen and placed in the foreground of the painting and poetry in lieu of traditional flower arrangement. The intent is to engage the viewer in developing all aspects of the tokonoma.