Detail from Wild Corporation: Uniforms and ornaments on mannequins
Fabric, heels hair, computer cables and various office supplies, 2019
IKL: How do you transform or invert what it means for women to wear jewelry when you make props such as this high heel necklace?
Mimi Kato on adornment.
I was not thinking of the ornaments I created in this work as jewelry. They are more like trophies. They exhibit and bestow power on the person who wears them. I guess that could be similar to wearing jewelry. I personally do not wear jewelry because I just don’t like wearing them, but I understand how they make people feel when wearing them. They are symbols of beauty, wealth and comfort, which makes the wearer feel good giving them confidence or power.