From A was inspired by a fragment of a metal “A” sign that Mohri picked up during her stay in New York. Debris scattered across a panel hung on a wall are electrified thanks to a series of chance operations, and converted into movement, sound, and light.
“A” is the first, symbolic letter of the alphabet. It stands for the Greek arkhē, which means beginning or origin. According to psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, A is also the object of human desire, while “objet petit-a (object little-a)” stands for an empty vestige or lack that remains when one escapes from this desire. Mohri’s works stimulate the imagination (desire) of the viewer through the wavering and shifting of objects and phenomena, and might be said to be distinctive for the ma (gap) that can be found in their movements.
Mohri’s “paintings of autonomous movement,” created out of junk and a liberal dose of error, fluctuation, and instability, represent her attempt to understand the origins of the world and human desire from a materialist perspective.
Materials: Metal signage, panel, spoon, motor, flying pans, bell, mirror, compass, triangle, bobbin, counter, wood, fan, model signal, music score clip, cables, wires, duster, light bulb, ribbon, electric board, etc.