Daughter of Art History.
Photographs and text by Yasumasa Morimura.
116 pp., numerous color illustrations, 8x10½".
Since the mid-1980s, a major theme in Morimura's work has been the appropriation of classic examples of self-portraiture from Western art history and substitution of himself for the artist (such as Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo). This fascination with self-portraiture calls into question the roles of seeing and being seen, but the oddness of Morimura's imagery is admittedly right on the surface. "...The art education I received was based in the Western tradition...I do not, however, believe that the sensibilities I've developed under such conditions are by any means healthy or well-balanced. If anything, the resulting mental state is distorted, disturbing, and strange...Rather than pretend not to see this imbalance, I accept it as characteristic of my psychological make-up and have tried to express it as such."
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