Since being introduced to the kokeshi doll many years ago, I have developed an affinity for the kokeshi and created a language with the kokeshi-likeness to express myself as an artist. In my latest series, Kokeshi in Peril, my beloved kokeshi dolls become the unlucky victims in disaster scenarios, reflecting the anxieties of modern life as well as the ancient Buddhist idea of life's impermanence. A painting in this series, Kokeshi Doll Tsunami which depicts a great tsunami wave washing away it's helpless victims including debris such as house hold objects, pets and items of daily life. Kokeshi Doll Tsunami has been displayed at the Pensacola Museum of Art and is by far the most popular piece.
As an artist and a mother who worries about the earth's future, I have been inspired to see how this painting has resonated with audiences. Now I feel moved to share it with more people, which is why I created this Kickstarter project. If I am successful in raising $1,750, I will be able to make prints of this piece allowing more people to enjoy it!
The original painting is 48" x 48" painted on layers of rice paper applied to wood (please watch video). A couple months ago I did a "test run" of 5 giclee prints, 22" x 22", which turned out beautifully. To showcase and sell them I had to purchase clear plastic envelope bags. The minimum order for the bags was 100 -- so I have a whole lotta extra bags! (95 extra, to be exact.) To create and ship 95 giclee prints would cost me $3,325 -- but since this is my first Kickstarter project I will be conservative and aim to produce just 50, which will cost me $1,750.
Can you help me meet my goal?
I'm offering some sweet rewards including original a hand-painted kokeshi greeting card, a handmade kokeshi dreamcatcher, wooden hand painted kokeshi dolls and (of course) signed giclee prints, so you'll get some swag AND help me share Kokeshi Doll Tsunami with your donation.
I've painted kokeshi in various incarnations for several years, and in 2009 I was invited by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles to exhibit my work in Kokeshi: Folk Art to Art Toy. My work was included in the contemporary artist selection of national and international artists working with kokeshi dolls in their art. I also sell my prints through JANM's museum store and online store. For more information about me and my art, please visit www.alexandragjurasic.com.
Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!
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