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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.

On AdornmentMimi Kato
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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.