A contemplation of the circle of life
NOT only was celebrated artist Mariko Mori in Perth over the weekend for the official opening of her exhibition Rebirth, but she was last week involved in the full installation of the works at Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA).
The Tokyo-born, New York and London-based artist is showing her first Australian solo exhibition as part of Perth International Arts Festival 2015.
Mori said her works looked at the circle of life, death and rebirth.
“The concept came through my research and field work looking at prehistoric archaeological sites and visiting many of them, not only in Japan but Scotland, parts of England and northern Europe,” Mori said.
“I wanted to see what essence we all shared at one time. From our remote ancestors, it is very clear we are all very deeply connected to nature.”
Designed to be immersive and contemplative, Rebirth comprises installations, glowing LED sculptures, videos, drawings and photographs.
It was first curated in 2012 and revised by Mori for AGWA.
AGWA director Stefano Carboni said he was pleased Mori was able to share her works with Perth art lovers.
“It’s been a quick journey, as I saw her exhibition at the Japan Society in New York last year and was incredibly taken by the beauty of that show,” Carboni said.
“It’s a wonderful artistic endeavour that goes well beyond being simply an artistic endeavour. At the heart of this, as Mariko describes it, is a way to connect the celestial with the terrestrial.
“Its references to ancient Japanese culture are very present there but it’s not just about a certain Japanese ancient culture, it’s about a universal discourse.”
Rebirth is a free exhibition and is showing until June 29.
Globally-acclaimed artist Mariko Mori with part of her piece Miracle.