Artist

Mari Katayama

Born in Gunma, 1987 and lives in Gunma, Japan

Mari Katayama
Mari Katayama

Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts after obtaining MFA in 2012.
Suffering from congenital tibial hemimelia, Katayama had both legs amputated at age of 9. Since then, she has created numerous self-portrait photography together with embroidered objects and decorated prosthesis, using her own body as a living sculpture. Her belief is that tracing herself connects with other people and her everyday life can be also connected with the society and the world, just like the patchwork made with threads and a needle by stitching borders.
In addition to her art creation, Katayama leads “High heel project” in which she wore customized high-heeled shoes specially made for prosthesis to perform on stage as a singer, model, or keynote speaker. The motto of this project is to take advantage of any means including art and disabled body if it helps to expand the “freedom of choice” for those in desperate need.