Mori's early work references traditional Japanese culture and ancient history but is characterized by futuristic themes and characters. Her early photography is heavily influenced by cosplay. Fantastic deities, robots, alien creatures, and spaceships are featured in video and photography with the artist herself dressed up in various self-made costumes as these characters.
Present throughout her career is a fascination with technology and spirituality, with technology as a means of transcending and transforming consciousness and self.
While her tableaus were fantastic and futuristic, the role played by the female characters she portrayed were often traditional, gendered roles such as a waitress in Tea Ceremony, a futuristic version of the female Buddhist deity Kichijoten in Pure Land, or a female Japanese pop star in Birth of a Star.
Mori attributes her fascination with consciousness and death to experiencing sleep paralysis in her early-twenties for several hours which left her unsure if she was alive or dead. Excerpt from Wikipedia
- How does her work draw on the traditional artwork of Japan? How does she diverge?
- What is the connection between her work and the history of animation/anime in Japan?
- What are the advantages/disadvantages of doing video installation vs. just video?
- What kinds of images does she use in her work? How might her work be interpreted?