A con­tem­pla­tion of the cir­cle of life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432450

Glob­ally-ac­claimed artist Mariko Mori with part of her piece Mir­a­cle.

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