Yen for Death
 
 
Size: Urn, 9”h x 4.5” x 4.5”
          Panel opens to 8”h x 18”w
          Accordion book, 5” x 5”
Contents: The Yen for Death, a story.
Structure: Architectural book environment. Double-hinged panels forming a box (originator Kumi Korf) in the form of a Japanese funerary urn.
Technique: Photo images printed on Japanese rice paper. Altar decoration in mixed media.
Year: 1999  
 
The wrapped box is based on the manner in which the Japanese take home the remains of cremations. The box opens into panels that show artifacts related to a short story, The Yen for Death, about the death of my sister-in-law and aspects of Japanese funerary business. The accordion-folded book containing the story is stored in the lid of the box. The photographs are from my father’s funeral in 1969.