Born and raised in Japan, Maria Mori embarked on a creative journey that led her to Australia in 2002. Since settling in Karratha in 2015, she has become an integral part of the vibrant artistic community.
Drawing inspiration from the rich legacy of blackout poetry, Mori, also known by her creative alias Foolish Fancy, skilfully crafts captivating artworks and literature by repurposing and reinventing existing texts. Her preferred medium involves transforming the pages of old books, often sourced from second-hand bookstores and those in the public domain. With paint, tape, thread, and scissors, she breathes new life into these forgotten pages.
Mori’s artistic process is a dynamic and interdisciplinary practice that involves creating art from found text. By employing techniques such as erasure, stitching, obscuring, and illustration, she unearths humour, delight, and wisdom within the words of pre-existing texts. Recognising that the text itself is only part of the narrative, Mori takes pride and care in the presentation, styling, and photography of each piece. These stunning artworks are thoughtfully shared on her Instagram, captivating an ever-growing audience.
With the belief that art has the power to transcend boundaries, Mori continues to push the boundaries of creative expression through her innovative approach to blackout poetry. Her work invites viewers to engage and connect with literature, showcasing the timeless beauty that emerges when art and words intertwine.