Michiyo KAMEI, Draw an anatomical art as a <morph>：With Shigeo MIKI's Natural History of Biological Morph, Bulletin of Cultural Study on KATACHI 16, 2022,13-22.
This article focuses on the anatomical illustration by biologist and anatomist Shigeo MIKI (1925-1987), who conducted research in both the medical and artistic fields. Since ancient Greece, medicine has continually evolved with drawings. This means that illustrations reflect the thought of the times. Therefore, here we will examine Miki's thought from the perspective of anatomical illustrations and explore the possibilities of anatomical art by introducing my works as production examples. Michiyo Kamei
Keywords: Anatomical art, Zodiac Man, Ontogenesis, bodyscape, Shunga, Goethe's morphology, Shigeo Miki
Sumi (Japanese-ink), cochineal and glue on washi (Japanese paper). 2017 Michiyo Kamei.
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I like drawing "Body landscapes" which combine anatomical charts with "Shunga" wood block prints.
We have a body which is full of the mystery of life. The question, "Who are we?" caused me to study anatomy and dissection. Anatomy still influences my work as does Shunga' s erotica, energy, life and sex an iconography of life. Having seen so many dissected bodies in university. I began to create an art form which embodies life and death.
My work is done with natural pigments and glue, called "Nihonga" and ink on Japanese paper. The fluidity of ink and natural pigments allow me to spatialize different morphological elements. When I use ink (Sumi) I also paint myself and use my body to create works on "Washi". The combination of life, sex & death becomes like a mandala symbolizing the eternity of life rather than its ephemeral nature.