Mariko Mori, Pure Land, 1998, color photograph on glass, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.
Form: color, space, shape
Materials & Technique: A color photograph set within glass, a counterpart of Mori's 3D video installation Nirvana.
- Artist uses a creative interpretation of traditional Japanese art forms
- Mori herself appears as if in a vision in the guide of the Heian deity Kichijōten
- Kichijōten is the essence of beauty and harbinger of prosperity and happiness
- Jewel=Buddha's universal mind
- Animated figures of lighthearted aliens play musical instrument in clouds
- Merging of consumer entertainment fantasies with traditional Japanese imagery
- It is set during sunrise in the landscape of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth
- Salt=an agent of purification in Shinto
Intended Purpose: ensure that the viewers have a longer, more meditative relationship with a moment of this experience.
Innovation: Romanticized views of popular culture, 3D photography
Convention: rich in color (golden sky), landscape, human figure
Cross-Cultural Comparisons: Photography
- Daguerre, Still Life in Studio
- Muybridge, The Horse in Motion
- Stieglitz, The Steerage