Week 11


Q: Mariko Mori in the series Pureland or Burning Desire explores a Relationship with Japanese popular culture, Elaborate on the use of parody by the artist.

A: The environmental disasters such as volcano and earthquake frequently happen. Because of these natural disasters and reincarnation in Buddhism, Japanese people are scared of invisibility and they think that in the future they are meant to be invisible in another world. The Buddhism guidelines teach its people that if they serve their ancestors after death, they will go to the perfect world and enjoy richness as their unending lives. To look at the works of Mariko Mori in the series Pureland or Burning Desire, they have a deep, strong and mysterious relationship with Japanese culture. Mori’s work also indicates a desire to live a paradise world because of the fear that people have of environmental disasters. Women in the series Pureland or Burning Desire are wearing clothes like Kimono, which is the Japanese traditional costume (T-shape, straight-lined robes with attached collars and long, wide sleeves). Her work also contrasts women that wear traditional clothes and a perfect background with a distinct layer and opacity. Both of the series look like they have an extremely spiritual meaning behind them.