Just after graduation from art school during the mid-1980s - where she trained as a painter - Japanese artist Emi Anrakuji suffered a debilitating cerebral tumor that prevented her from making art for more than a decade. During her gradual recovery, the artist’s voice began to resurface in photography. In the selection of images that comprise IPY – many of which are quietly explicit in nature – Anrakuji presents herself as the subject and, with it, her obsessive fascination in her own body. Conveying a tone of cabin fever and a sense of feeling captive in the shell of one’s own mortal being, the photographs reveal fetishes, yearnings and daydreams.
Emi Anrakuji has received numerous awards, and her photographs have been exhibited extensively across Japan, London, New York and Washington, DC. IPY is the artist’s third book to be published by the esteemed Nazraeli Press. This is the first exhibition of Anrakuji’s work in Portand, Oregon.