Born in 1951, Morimura graduated from Kyoto Fine Arts University in 1978 and served a lecturer in his alma mater upon graduation. In his 1985 breakthrough piece Portrait (Van Gogh), Morimura meticulously dressed himself as Van Gogh in Self-Portrait in Pipe. Just as in his other works, Portrait (Van Gogh) bears a striking resemblance to the original painting work. Morimura skillfully painted his face with similar colours as the original work, and used clay and nails to bring about the features of the clothes and the hat. This type of parody would continue in his other creations that feature Western masterpieces by Cezanne, Picasso, Andy Warhol and Pollock etc. Morimura later became deeply interested female figures who influenced the cultural history of the 20th century, and began creating the Daughter of Art History series in 1990 by dressing himself as female protagonists in various Western works. Self- Portrait: White Marilyn 2 comes from the 1994 Actress series, where the artist impersonate Hollywood's most famous female actress, mimicking her famous shot from "The Seven Year Itch" movie. Through this work, the artist has far surpassed the mere boundary between gender, culture, and art. Later, Marilyn Monroe would become the theme of another work by Morimua, appearing in his 2010 video work Gift of the Sea, Raising a Flag on the Battlefield, further exploring the meaning of war to the present Japanese society.
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