From artist statement:
My concentration for this artwork was on recreation of the old Japanese regent. It called, which means claiming a koi fish waterfall. This is a representation of success in life. Koi is known for vitality and they claim a waterfall to become a dragon. I used this narrative to have a relationship with getting achievement in personal life. The message for artwork is “There are achievements that can only be obtained by those who have broken through the tough barriers.” Nowadays, it seems that ideas such as “do no do your best”, “do not overdo it”, and “leave it to the flow” are popular in the human world. But in my life, I want to be successful like against the flow that tries to push away.
The structure of this book is accordion style and makes waves cut into each page. Front and back cover used calligraphy saying Koi fish to Dragon to represent at the end, Koi fish became a dragon. All the patterns in the cover and inside are traditional Japanese patterns that waves never end to represent achievements in life never ends and you always have to be challenging. Koi and dragon made out of hand carving. The letters in pages are made from hand stamping and handwriting.
John C. Hitt Library
Special Collections & University Archives
Takano, Nana, "Claiming a Koi Waterfall" (2021). 15th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 5.