Mayumi Lake

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Winter 3-20-2017


Mayumi Lake interview by Raegen Balton-Watkins


“Mayumi Lake is a Chicago-based artist. Her photography and video work delve into childhood and pubescent dreams, phobia and desires. She employs herself and others as her models, as well as dolls, toys, weapons, vintage clothes, and altered landscape as her props.” -

BFA, 1997, MFA, 2000, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions/screenings: Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, Asia Society, Art in General, Artists Space, New York; Fotograpie Forum International, Frankfurt; Cornelius Pleser Galerie, Munich; Director's Lounge, Berlin; Bangkok International Art Festival, Bangkok; Galleria PaciArte, Brescia; FOTOAMERICA, Santiago; Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis; O Gallery, Tokyo. Monograph: Poo-Chi, One Picture Book #55 (Nazraeli Press). Publications: The Erotic Doll (Yale Univ Press); MUSE; Eyemazing Magazine; European Photography; The Village Voice; Contemporary Magazine; Art Asia Pacific; Lib_Doc: Journeys in the Performance of Sex Art (Masca). Awards: Illinois Art Council Artist Fellowship; Photo-Eye Award; Bruce Goodman Fellowship.