Momoyo Torimitsu, ‘Miyata Jiro’ (1994)

Shown at Tate’s ‘Abracadabra’ exhibition in 1999, the artist Momoyo Torimitsu created a character called Miyata Jiro, an animatronics salaryman who crawls belly down across various public spaces in notable city centres. Accompanied by an attentive nurse (Torimitsu) who periodically tweaks mechanisms in his lower back so as he can resume his unknown pursuit.

Momoyo Torimitsu, ‘Miyata Jiro’ (1994)

In ‘Horizons’ (2004), an army of miniaturised, wind-up salarymen inch their way across the surface of a carpet modelled on a rural landscape. Easily thwarted by model buildings preventing their progress, the gallery is filled with the sounds of tiny mechanisms. In both these pieces, Torimitsu parodies the plight of the company warrior.

Momoyo Torimitsu, ‘Horizons’ (2004)

Momoyo Torimitsu was born in Tokyo (1967) The artist lives and works in New York.
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