Mariko Mori (Japanese, b.1967) was born in Tokyo in 1967. After studying fashion design at Bunka Fashion College during the late 1980s, Mori began to pursue art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Upon graduating in 1992, Mori moved to New York to participate in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. She is an internationally acclaimed artist who focuses mainly on the fields of photography, film, and Performance Art. Mori’s versatile art has covered such themes as spirituality, technology, feminism, and sexuality, often with the use of futuristic images and photo editing. The artist has inserted her own face into different images, and acted out a number of different roles in her art, leading to frequent comparisons between herself and Cindy Sherman (American, b.1954). Mori has received a number of awards for her work including the Menzioni d’Onore at the Venice Biennale in 1997, as well as the 8th Annual Award for Promising Artist and Scholar (in the field of Japanese Contemporary Art) in 2001 from the Japan Cultural Arts Foundation.