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The Cyber Chic of Mariko Mori

Kathleen F. Magnan

MARIKO MORI, Tea Ceremony, 1994, duraflex print, 122 x 152.5 cm, courtesy American Fine Arts.

As the titles Love Hotel, Tea Ceremony, Red Light, Warrior and Play with Me suggest, Mariko Mori operates in a fun-filled world of fantasy - yet her work remains firmly grounded in the everyday dimension of desire. Mori coyly teases the viewer into unknowingly accepting the extraordinary via the media-conditioned state of mind to which no one is immune. In Mori's early work the image-making apparatus of the fashion…

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