Toshio Saeki № 8
Still, Saeki is in a class all by himself. Erick Gilbert, an editor and Saeki expert at Last Gasp, points out that Saeki's art transcends that of his contemporaries. "It's like the man has a direct link to his unconscious, and to the collective unconscious of the Japanese people," says Gilbert. "He can mix myth, that dream quality and pure libido. There are very few people who do that. I remember one image of a child standing outside of his parents' bedroom. His parents are sitting on the bed, and the man has his hands between the legs of the woman. But the woman, instead of having a vulva there, has a face, and the man's fingers are inside its mouth. That's a powerful image from the unconscious, the vagina dentata."