In the medieval Japan, Heian gentleman were not very interested in a woman's physical beauty and rarely had an opportunity to see it. The only physical attribute of interest was a woman's hair, which had to be thick and longer than she was tall.
So Emiko is looking outside the canvas and she is lying on her own dark and long hair. She looks relaxed in the painting, the position of her arms gives the idea that she is comfortable lying there. Although her hair appears to be alive and is wrapped around her neck and going to her arms. Is just hair on her own hair, she is naked we can see her shoulders uncovered and part of her chest too.
“As an artist I try to present to the viewers situations and scenarios that question them, that force them to face their own interpretation of what they see. To do this, I paint characters and scenarios, in a realistic style, where certain elements, actions and colors hide a veil of mystery that can open doors for the viewers to feel captivated. In this sense, my work has a certain dreamlike reminiscence. Nevertheless, I prefer to use a realistic technique because it allows me to portray with detail and fidelity the inner world of my characters and their emotions. Throughout my practice I have decided to focus on the exploration of female characters since I relate to their sensitivity and I think they maintain a deeper connection with the realm of the occult and cryptic. It is also a way to explore and portray myself and my life experiences, for I recognize that I see myself in some of the women I paint. Every time I develop and finish a piece I am trying to open a door to explore myself and I want the spectators to do the same when they face my paintings.”
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