Japanese-born artist Mimi Kato creates computer-generated self-portraits and animations informed by folk tales she heard as a child. In Parade (2006), a self portrait-based photographic collage, the artist donned animal masks and costumes, acting as Japanese mythological creatures. Through costume, Kato assumes the personalities of these characters, thus establishing a method of self-expression that merges fantasy with reality.
Kato received her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. She has had solo exhibitions at Roswell Museum of Art, Roswell, NM (2008); Ballina Arts Center, Ballina, Ireland (2007); and Joan Grona Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2006). Kato’s recent group exhibitions include What isn’t it, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (2009); Dry Heat, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM (2008); Art Now Miami, International Art Fair, Miami, FL (2007); and Foto Noviembre, International Photo Festival, Canary Island, Spain (2007). Kato was the recipient of an Artpace travel grant in 2007.