Born in Tokyo in 1967, Mariko Mori is an internationally acclaimed artist, whose work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. From 1989 and 1992, Mori pursued a B.A. in Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, United Kingdom. She then moved to New York to further her studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 1993.
The art practice of Mariko Mori employs an active investigation into the crossroad between life, death, spirituality, reality and technology through the means of photography, digital art and installations. Mori attributes her fascination with these domains due to her sleep, which left her in an in-between zone of life and death during her early-twenties. In her earlier works, Mori incorporated herself dressed in costumes inspired by Cosplay to adopt an incarnated futuristic spiritual self and abandoning reality. As technology increasingly alludes to the transcendence of the conscious-self, Mori withdrew from portraying her futuristic self and instead constructed new environments that would help carry the viewer’s own transcendental experiences. In 2010, Mariko Mori opened the Faou Fondation whose mission is to create six art installations in different natural environmental sites around the world as homages to mother nature.
Major surveys of her works have been organized in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. A selection of her solo exhibitions: Mariko Mori: Cycloid, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan (2016); Mariko Mori: Cyclicscape, Sean Kelly, New York, USA (2015); Mariko Mori: Rebirth, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2015); Mariko Mori, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland (2014); Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori, Japan Society, New York, USA (2013); Infinite Renew, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2013); Rebirth, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom (2012); Oneness, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brasilia; Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paulo, Brazil (2011); Oneness, Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Groningeng Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2016); Fairy Tales, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan (2015); Total Art: Contemporary Video, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA (2014); Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, Asia Society Gallery Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong (2012); Installations II: Video from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (2009). Furthermore, as part of the Celebra Cultural Program for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mori’s showcased her large-scale installation piece, Ring: One with Nature at the top of the Véu da Noiva waterfall (meaning ‘the veil of the bride’ in Portuguese).
Mori has received numerous international awards, including “De La Mer” 10th Anniversary Female Artist Award in 2010, Menzione d’onore at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 (for ‘Nirvana’) and the 8th Annual Award as a promising Artist and Scholar in the Field of Contemporary Japanese Art from the Japan Cultural Arts Foundation in 2001.
Mariko Mori currently lives and works in New York, USA.