Mimi Kato draws on the rich history and visual traditions of Japanese culture as well as the absurd everyday elements of contemporary life and merges them in imaginary landscapes. In her lengthy artistic process, Kato photographs herself as a range of costumed characters—from everyday Japanese citizens to fantastical creatures in the forest—and embeds these images into large photomontages. Her work is narratively complex and darkly humorous. 

Mimi Kato in Her Studio

Learn about Mimi Kato's work from the artist herself at her studio in Cleveland, Ohio.

Exploring the Worlds of Mimi Kato

CMA Curator Catherine Walworth, Ph.D., digs into what drives artist Mimi Kato's work.

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