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January 14, 2005
Mika Kato Jan 21 - Feb 19
by Kenny Campbell

White Cube is pleased to present a new exhibition of paintings by Japanese artist Mika Kato. Kato (born 1975) makes intensely rendered oil paintings of young girl’s faces, close-cropped and hallucinatory in quality, they create a portal into a fantastical and psychologically disturbing world.

Kato’s technique is interesting since she starts not by sketching but by sculpting a doll out of clay, dressing it and then making a painting from that which is laborious and studied, a kind of evolving alter ego. "I wanted something that people had never seen before" she explains, "and that is how I came to be attracted to using doll faces as my starting point".

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