Book Club: Sarai Mari’s Delusion
“Working on personal project, it’s a much more intimate world for an artist. The pictures do not have to please. The artist has something to shout from the deep bottom down in our blood.” Japanese photographer Sarai Mari publishes her third book: Delusion, a heady collage of confusion, phobia, paranoia and fantasy.
What is Delusion about?
It’s all about my life with a persecution complex… which is a disease i’ve got inside of me all the time. I focused on my delusion, daydreams, nostalgia and persecution complex. Those feeling gave me the inspiration to make this book.
How did the book come about?
I had planned this third book Delusion right after my second book Speak Easy got released. So it has taken nearly two years. Originally my husband Tomo Jidai and producer Brian Hetherington from Baron & Baron, helped set me up with Fabien Baron. That was two years ago in Tokyo.
Our meeting was one of the brightest moments in my life – Fabien has been my biggest hero since the 90’s. I showed him my work, my ideas for the book and he loved it, so our collaboration started.
How is the process of putting together a book different to working on editorial?
First of all, there is no deadline, no theme, no fashion direction. It’s all up to me as an artist, it’s a personal project. No-one cares if I quit or continue, so it can be a very lonely, maniac process. You have to make it yourself.
What is it that makes an image right for a book, that may different from what makes an image right for a magazine page?
An editorial is a professional job and a collaboration with a fashion team. It must please the magazine and audience in the end. Working on personal project, it’s a much more intimate world for an artist. The pictures do not have to please. The artist has something to shout from the deep bottom down in our blood. All I want is the best picture, only one picture at end of the day.
Who did you collaborate with on the book?
Fabien Baron as art-director, Brian Heatherington as producer and Takuya Chiba as publisher.
Is it all new work – or archive, or a mix?
All new work
What was the last beautiful thing you saw?
The my favourite monster sakura tree in my hometown Nara in Japan, last March.
What is your beauty routine?
Current beauty kit hero product?
A black eyeliner pencil by Shu Uemura.
What does the word glamour mean to you?
Not much new inspiration for me in glamour.
What is your first memory of glamour?
Nineties fashion, rock stars, super models. An untouchable attitude and strong personality
What is the future of glamour?