The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book

The Last Breath - sculpture and artist book

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This artist book holds a sculpture inspired by an exhale—a powerful release of air, forming a cloud. The divided structure, with varied heights, conveys separation. Iridescent plexiglass reflects the reader but stays transparent, highlighting the concept of being absent/present. The tilted sculpture freezes the falling moment. The "Box" walls feature Haiku poems and body part photomontages, capturing zen monks' last thoughts, portraying transition's fleeting nature. The book shifts from a box to a Leporello, allowing a personalized installation with the sculpture.

In the span of nine years, my artistic journey unfolded organically, originating from the heartache of losing a cherished stepmother. This emotional core gradually transformed into a concept that manifested itself as an artist book, and installation—an endeavor aimed at offering a unique, communal experience to diverse audiences.

The question of how to depict death became a pivotal contemplation. Rather than choosing one perspective over the other, I opted to acknowledge both the departing individual and the person left behind. The focal point became the moment of transition between the living and the departed, symbolized by the last breath. A sculpture emerged, portraying particles of air ascending into the universe—an ode to the unknown.

The materials chosen, characterized by transparency and translucency, mirror and reflection, accentuate the delicate dance between presence and absence. They serve as a gentle reminder of our shared brief existence on this cosmic rock.

My concept took a bifurcated form—a personal artist book and a communal installation. The overarching aim is to dismantle divisive narratives and highlight our shared humanity. Through the intimate reading experience of the artist book and the immersive encounter with the installation, I hope to foster connection, empathy, and a collective appreciation for the transient beauty that unites us.

Edition of 9 and 1 AP

The box made from frosted Plexiglass measures 11 inches x 11 inches x 17.5 inches when closed and 44 inches when extended as a Leporello. A 11 inches x 11 inches lid with a round handle locks the box. The title and artist’s name are silkscreened in white ink on the front of the base, along with the Colophon and copy number at the back.

The Haiku poems’ photomontages are printed on Canon photo paper, each transferred on Polymer clay and a 10.5 cm diameter PEG plastic.

The sculpture, 8 1/4 inches x 5 inches x 12 3/4 inches, from iridescent-mirror Plexiglass supports 56 rods with suspended Pardo Polymer clay “particules” coated with Interference duo blue-red powdered pigments.

Price: $5,200
For more information: amandine1@amandinenabarra.com


The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book
The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book

This project took 9 years, I wouldn't have done it without the love and trust of my friends and family (Livia, Léa, and la smala).

I want to thank Steve at Triumph CnC for his continuous support, Maro for believing in my creativity, Richard for helping me design the box and: Laura, Laurence, Diane and Gary, Ann, Louise, Cherry, Sue, ... and all of you!


The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book
The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book

The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book
The Last Breath is a box that becomes an accordion book



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