Announcing: 'sashiko' by emi kuriyama

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of sashiko, a book of writing by emi kuriyama. This book will be released in a paperback first edition and special edition box set this Fall of 2019.

Image © emi kuriyama

Image © emi kuriyama

ON sashiko:

sashiko is a collection of writing by the late emi kuriyama, who passed away at the age of 24 in 2016. emi was a prolific writer whose vibrant curiosity led her to produce an expansive body of work that insisted on play and careful collaborations as ways to live. sashiko consists of the late writer’s unfinished novella, a compilation of absurd, dark, and magical vignettes loosely based on her lived reality. Also included is emi’s Cal Arts Creative Writing MFA thesis proposal, addressed to Douglas Kearney, explaining the intentions with her novella. Throughout sashiko, movement principles such as swimming, running, and ghosting help readers understand the connection and conundrum of exile, fugitivity, and belonging. emi’s tender and peculiar voice is felt in personal emails addressed to artists Jennifer Moon, Laub, and Christine Wertheim, each of whom guided her towards cosmological expansion and love, and in whom she found hope.

sashiko is organized by emi’s friend and collaborator, artist iris yirei hu, who wrote the foreword to this book. 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

emi kuriyama (1991-2016) was a writer and poet born and raised in Redondo Beach, California. emi was a prolific writer whose vibrant curiosity led her to produce an expansive body of work that insisted on play and careful collaborations as ways to live. She built her work and world with people, plants, animals, objects, symbols, and currencies. She thought with and through these encounters, and found joy in their interdependencies and connections. Writing gave emi permission to play, to render possible what was not in her lived reality—to twist, push, pull, and tease her experiences into absurdity and magic. For emi, writing was rebellion, as it was resistance and resilience. 

She founded the small press Young Cloud, and was a co-founder of the artist book project baumtest. At UCLA, she studied art history and was the editor-in-chief of the student publication, GRAPHITE, published by the Hammer Museum. She wrote extensively and expansively on art, with an attention to photography and its processes, often for Daily Serving, Complex, Notes on Looking, among others.

emi worked at the Hammer Museum as an educator, and for the artist Matthew Brandt. She was enrolled in the Cal Arts MFA Creative Writing Class of 2017 until her death, and was mentored by Christine Wertheim, Douglas Kearney, and Jen Hofer. 


THIS BOOK IS IN SUPPORT OF THE EMI KURIYAMA SPIRIT AWARD (details forthcoming).