One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town

Mimi Kato's avatar Mimi Kato

This is a contemporary interpretation of subjects and formats from Japanese historical art. Traditionally landscapes crowded with people have been depicted in various historical periods reflecting the styles and stories of each era. In my version, I select landscapes from my childhood, drawing them from memory to create a hybrid landscape where familiar narratives are played out. The narratives in the landscapes are based on stereotypes, exaggerated realities and the conditions of the lives of people in typical old suburban towns. Each scene is an extract of typical daily routines, accidents and mishaps, and summaries of common news stories from various Japanese newspapers. Theatrical performances, especially Japanese comedy theater Kyogen and the contemporary Butoh style, influenced the poses and gestures of the characters. Reference to theater also comes from the process. I play the roll of each character, sew the costumes, create props and direct the narratives.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0
  • Medium: Archival Pigment Print
  • Width: 32
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 7