By Insiya Dhatt
San Francisco, California: Insiya Dhatt, 2023. Variable Edition of 10.
9.5” x 11.5” wooden box containing 8 to 9 books (sizes variable from 1.5” to 3”), 20 hooks, tray for holding books and two built in trays. Books case bound with laser etched patterns on Kozuke paper. Interior pages of blank text blocks and cut patterns. Bound by hand-sewing or an accordion fold with Mohawk Via text paper. Box constructed of Birch with a living hinge technique. Box and mobiles by the artist. Includes “Instruction for Assembly” sheet.
Drawing inspiration from a child's mobile Insiya Dhatt designed for adults a playful interactive storytelling experience about dreams and dreaming.
Insiya Dhatt: “Dreams is a conceptual project that symbolizes the elusive nature of dreams and aspirations. As individuals engage in assembling the mobile and personalizing the accompanying books, they embark on a transformative journey of self-expression and discovery. The project prompts contemplation and balance of aspirations in shaping our lives and explores the connection between dreams and our lived experiences.
“The materials used in the project include light-colored Kozuke paper, intricately laser-cut wood hooks, and connectors. All these components are carefully enclosed in a box shaped like a book, adding an element of anticipation and storytelling to the experience. As individuals’ thread and construct the mobile, they have the opportunity to weave their own dreams and aspirations into the artwork. The books act as blank canvases, inviting the addition of personal stories, musings, and reflections.”
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