A Japanese artist's exhibition which has hearts at its centre will be showcased at Asia House.
<br>Mieko Meguro was born and raised on the Japanese island of Hokkaido and currently lives in New York. Her works combine vulnerability and humour with her unique view of transnational identities and cross-cultural histories. <br><br>Icy Heart –made of barbed wire painted white – will be placed in the windows at Asia House and Xavier Heart - made from red felt - will be placed around the hearths of Asia House to connect the duality of matters of the heart.<br> <br>For this exhibition Mieko reflects upon ‘matters of the heart’ – a phrase often used to refer to our most intuitive and personalresponse to relationships and to things that matter to us at any given time without pausing to analyse or explain our reasoning or immediate response. The heart is said to affect our imagination and knowledge of the world; it relies on a profound sense of knowing rather than empirical reasoning or perception.<br> <br>Mieko has been making individual Xavier Hearts since 2007 and is still doing so today. They are made of felt, stuffing and thread and each one is hand sewn. They come from the burning heart portrait of Francis Xavier (which is in the permanent collection of Kobe City Museum in Japan). Mieko has said that Icy Heart comes from a fear of herself and it also stems from a fear of other people's negative feelings.