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Her Sex Was Like a Giant Hothouse Flower

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

The Brooklyn-based artist Megumi Nagai has developed a distinctive technique for painting on polished wood. She often draws forms from traditional Japanese art, and here she uses imagery from Buddhist depictions of Hell combined with the basic structure of a Buddhist mandala. The Japanese term rinne names the cycle of human life, death, and rebirth, known as samsara in Sanskrit. Buddhism teaches that in samsara or rinne, bodily pleasures, represented here by erotic imagery, are distractions that prevent people from escaping to a higher realm.
PUBLISHER Flanders Graphics
MEDIUM Etching and aquatint on paper
DATES 2004
DIMENSIONS sheet: 9 x 7 in. (22.9 x 17.8 cm) image: 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (19.1 x 14.0 cm)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EDITION Edition: 38/45 of a boxed set containing nine (9) prints, a tri-fold cover printed with title, introduction and colophon, a heart-shaped box.
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