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Yuko MORI: Chiral Achiral
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Published: November 03 2009

”Synchronicity"; courtesy of the artist and Ohshima Fine Art copy right(c) Yuko MORI

About the works
The works of Yuko Mori have been described as having “a girly style”. However, this is only one aspect of the characteristics of her creation. If you look at her work closely, it comes in successions, parts, reverses, floats, and becomes inversed. There is no perspective there; it is dreamlike. In the dream world, the various restrictions of the real world do not exist. Mori strives to express dreams as a motif on the limited plane surface of a square canvas. The ideas or preconceptions of the people are tested upon seeing her work: as to whether or not they can freely fly away within the two dimensional world or not. The paints flowing down on the canvas seem to represent our imagination, hopes, and every day emotions beginning to overflow. This flowing goes excessively even to every corner. It is thoroughly gentle and filled with happy feelings. It is also vivid and slightly erotic, as if we are peering into Mori's mind. About the exhibition
This exhibition title, “Chiral”, means "a figure, an object, and a phenomenon that is not overlapped with its mirror image". In contrast to “Chiral”, “Achiral” means “the mirror image is overlapped”. These terms are indeed specialist terms used when discussing molecular configuration and its characteristics. In the daily life, in which “Chiral” and “Achiral” aspects cohabit; these aspects are multifarious, but are not usually considered. However in the world of Mori’s work, things are projected onto each other like mirror images, as well as becoming symmetric, coming in succession, parting, and appearing whilst also mixing together. This is like a comparison of "oneself in the dream" and "reality" which cannot be overlapped with anything, "today that won't become even a mirror image" and "the oneself of tomorrow". Such concepts are shown in the work as being mixed with puzzlement and tolerance of the fact. Mori often uses music notation as the titles of her works. The music notation can express profundity and a variety of meanings through one short sign or word. Musical notation also has the background of having been completed by the human race as a “communication tool” over many years, to transmit a vague sense and a technology at the same time.  Mori also creates “communication" through the act of drawing. However, these drawings of Mori’s are a pure pondering about herself, as well as being a conversation with others and also posing questions to the viewer. Is it delicate or strong? Is it a short-lived dream? Is it an eternal public peace? Mori discloses the inside of her conflicted mind, and warmly and positively expresses the unconscious world, a sense of vague incompatibility, despair, and a hope. We are filled with a sweet happiness when sympathizing with her intentions and messages in the work. * The text provided by Ohshima Fine Art.

Last Updated on November 21 2009

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