The Subcutaneous Desire is a solo show featuring the art of Emmy Asakura (°1962). Husk Gallery presents the artist’s paintings and installations, which are expressions of her restless and explorative mind. Asakura’s art floats between the figurative and the abstract and flirts with the spiritual and the intuitive. Being of mixed Japanese/Belgian descent, she constantly oscillates between the East and the West, which creates a tension that is evident in her production.
Her recent works explore the sensuality and spirituality of womanhood. Intrigued by the figure of the Virgin Mary, she interrogates the dual aspects united in this universal figure: the holy mother and the seductress. Emmy Asakura’s method is a process of continuous construction and deconstruction of paint layers and other materials, such as washi paper or fabrics. Her abundant use of color refers and the many strong contrasts in her work relate to the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi”, where beauty springs from joining perfection with imperfection, and in which the effect of weathering brings spiritual strength to the whole.