I have some more ‘splaining to do. In a Seussical kind of way.
This is the work of Yasumasa Morimura, a Japanese appropriation artist – one who engages in “the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work.” Specifically, Morimura inserts himself into the artwork borrowed from historical artists (ranging from Edouard Manet to Rembrandt to Frida Kahlo). In fact, once I got over the weirdness, his catalogue is quite remarkable in Morimura’s ability to transform himself – as evidenced in exhibits at ShugoArts in Koto and the Saatchi Gallery in London.
But back to Judith.
Here Morimura takes on Cranach (c. 1530, the one I call “Green”) with extraordinary replication, and inserts himself twice into the photograph: once as Judith and again as Holofernes’ head. I suppose he titled it “Mother” in reference to Judith giving life to Holofernes’ head – or maybe he had some decapitation fantasy with his own mother – or maybe I am out to lunch.
Speaking of lunch …
Morimura took this appropriation one step further by giving Cranach’s composition the Arcimboldo treatment…
… which puts Judith in a stew (please do forgive the awful pun). While the brussel sprouts do make a lovely necklace, I fear the cabbage has done nothing to enhance Judith’s complexion. However, the beer mug earrings are interesting touch and add some festivity to the somber scene.