Yuka & The Forest
published by Art Paper Editions, 2018
Yuka & The Forest marks Lena C. Emery’s second book and continuation to Rie wherein she addressed the idea of revealing ourselves without allowing an inner or outer surveyor to be present. Through a movingly poetic story within her first book Rie, written in the naive voice of a young girl living in a bygone era in rural Japan, Emery further describes how our bodies are bound to the natural world:"I wanted to try and re-instill a connectedness between our inner selves, our bodies and our natural environment." Within Yuka & The Forest, Emery takes this thought further and introduces us to said young girl as well as the chinju no mori, the sacred forest.
We are reminded that cultures like that of Japan, which are deeply embedded in nature, have been able to perserve much of their natural habitat by having fostered an interconnected value system. Within Yuka & The Forest we embark on a journey of reflection that leads us through a remote village high into the midst of a vast lanscape. We are prompted to reflect on nature’s profound serenity and as the last pages fall also of its demise at the hand of our own.
Limited edition of 500 copies including print (option of 3), 24 x 29,5 cm, 64 pages, duotone, linen hardcover with mounted photograph, all image as well end papers are of 100% recycled paper stock. Contains a short story by the artist, Designed by Lena C Emery & 6'56''
10% of all proceeds go to WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) working in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.