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B5 / English and Japanese / 54 pages
First catalogue of Emi Mizukami.
Emi Mizukami, who draws myths and stories by applying layers of sand paste mixed with the oldest desert sand and other materials, intentionally paints over the middle layer of the painting to make it completely invisible. Calculating from the beginning, thereby Mizukami makes several layers in her painting and depositing time and images like a geological stratum inside the painting. These series of works show the artist’s interest in a multidimensional world where the invisible past and future exist at the same time.
This catalogue “catharsis bed” provides clues to decipher the structure of Mizukami’s works.
In the book, the surface of the paintings, the drawings related to the hidden middle layer, and the behinds of the paintings are all printed on a single paper, but the entire range of pictures is designed to be unseen. Takuya Nakao’s essay, which unravels the work, also unfolds as a three-layered text that corresponds to the front, middle, and back structure of the painting.
Drawing on ancient folklore, literature, historical fables and tragedies, the artist, who sometimes depicts lonesome ordinary peoples, piles up the stories of human beings on the picture plane, layering them with sorrow.
While the experience of appreciating a painting can only be a one-on-one personal one, Mizukami’s works increase the material informational potential of the painting by assuming that there are certainly many stories of others and different layers which we cannot see beyond the picture plane, letting our imagination go to a further dimension.
The protagonists of the invisible real stories intertwine in the imagination, and when a multifaceted image is created there, it becomes more multilayered experience of appreciating paintings that blends the viewer’s innermost senses, memories, time and space.
Essay by :Takuya Nakao
Design :Yuzo Kariya+Nao Kakuta/neucitora
Emi Mizukami “Catharsis Bed” by 4649
January 18 – February 6, 2022
Venue : CADAN YURAKUCHO