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Title

Mackerel, hairtail, and handbag

1992

Artist

Michiko Michiko Kon

Japan

1955 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1992
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Edition
    7/75
    Dimensions
    52.3 x 41.0 cm image; 61.1 x 50.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. verso, pencil "Michiko Kon". Dated l.l. verso, pencil "1995".

    Credit
    Purchased 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    207.1995
    Copyright
    © KON Michiko

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    Through her work Kon plays with the nature of life and death, animate and inanimate, and it is this liminal aspect which evokes both fascination and disgust when we look at these photographs. There is also an element to the work which could be described as fey (we notice that the boot composed of shrimp [Acc.no. 205.1993] has roses around its top and one shrimp has fallen off, or not quite made it onto its elegant host). The slip hanging from the cheap wire coathanger [Acc.no. 206.1995] is composed of plants, which resemble tiny limbs and feet. This animation of the undergarment invites feelings which are not appropriate to such an intimate article of clothing. The handbag in this work, rather than being a useful receptacle, is decorated with hooks.

    Michiko Kon was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture. She graduated from Sokei Art School in 1978 and then studied photography at the Tokyo Photographic College until 1980. In 1991 she was the recipient of the KIMURA Ihee Photography Award.

    Excerpt from The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.293.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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