Detail from Wild Corporation: Shield
Human hair, ribbon and various office supplies, 2018
IKL: The wildly imaginative weapons in this series feel both modern and medieval.
Tell us about the role of sculpture in this series and in your work more generally. Do you consider these stand-alone art objects or are they working props first and foremost?
Mimi Kato on sculptural objects.
In my earlier works, I made many props for use in photoshoots for characters to carry in the narratives. Making the props started to become more involved and they began to have their own voices. For this series, the objects represent artifacts from the story to bring the world of narrative into our physical space. Most of the weapons are used in the photoshoots but some aren’t. They were created to stand by themselves.