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Mariko Mori
Rebirth
Exibition at Royal Academy of Arts, London UK


At first you are invited by a docent dressed in white, to move down into a dark narrow hallway that becomes narrower and narrower...darker and darker, just like rolling down a fallopian tube. Though you'd expect to be arriving in the womb, you actually end up at the fimbria (meaning you were going up the fallopian tube). From the fimbria you look across through the peritonial darkness––there emerging from the ovarian surface: a massive and elegant follicle. The follicle is about 20 feet high and images of light nearly approximating human form seem to represent the soul as it dances with the embodiment process and its relationship to the egg.




In one of the next rooms lies an ovary attached to the ovarian ligament. The light is still shining on the ovary because the embodiment process is still active. If you look closely you can see, at the middle of the ovary, is a burst follicle which has released its egg.





In yet another room, there's an ovary with a burst follicle and the egg has floated up and attached itself to the wall (note shining light on wall).





One of a series of acrylic panels shows what looks a lot like an egg in the fallopian tube surrounded by sperm.





Another acrylic panel shows a group of condensing souls drifting towards the solar system and Earth in the very early stages of the embodiment process.





Here you can see a sperm just as it begins to make final approach to the surface of the egg. Note how Mori's lighting evokes the sense of spirituality and the sacredness of the embodiment process.





Don't you just love the name of this piece? There were a lot more prenatal and conception images in the show. Please check her out for yourself.



For more on Mariko Mori and her exhibit:
www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/mariko-mori


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