Journal piece (the making of Fat Man (folded))




sumi ink, ink pen, hemp washi paper, cotton paper (125” x 11”) An accordion-style book/journal shows the process of constructing Fat Man (folded).










Detail of the journal: a top thin layer shows some of the six months’ (translated) correspondence with hibakusha (Hiroshima victims), while showing the journal beneath appearing through its translucent body.

















Detail of the journal: the journal beneath shows the thinking process of an artist.

FatMan (folded) 2012




kimono, foam, wood, hair, ink, baisen mordant dye
5′ x 5′ x 10′ (height)
The actual size of Fat Man, A-bomb, dropped on Nagasaki in 1945. The piece hangs from the ceiling using single braided wire. The height of the object is adjustable by pulling/loosening the other end of the wire that goes over the top of a pulley which is nailed on the 20’ high beam.











During the show, the object was raised (odd-number days) or lowered (even-number days) following a short ceremonial/ritual performance.