Yoko Ono

My Mommy Is Beautiful, 1997/2018


Pigment inkjet on Cold Press Natural paper
32.48 x 32.48 cm
Edition of 101
Signed and numbered by the artist

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to present ‘My Mommy Is Beautiful’, 1997/2018, a limited edition print created by artist Yoko Ono. A key figure in both the Fluxus and Conceptual Art movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Yoko Ono (b.1933, Tokyo, Japan) continues to work across a broad range of disciplines and media, including music, performance, and installation.

This work relates to her participations in the third edition of Liverpool Biennial, which was ‘My Mummy Was Beautiful’, 2004. It consisted of the widespread distribution of intimate images of a woman’s body featuring a breast and vulva across Liverpool. It was featured at more than twenty public sites, on carrier bags, banners, car stickers, and at Liverpool John Lennon airport, named after Ono’s late husband. The art could be argued to be a tribute to the physical strength and perseverance in motherhood. However, the project can be linked thematically with many earlier works by the artist that present an objectified and dislocated view of the body.

For instance, ‘Cut Piece’ (1964) was a performance in which members of the audience were invited to cut away Ono’s clothing, ‘Bottoms’ (1966) which shows the naked bottoms of people walking, ‘Fly’ (1970) depicts a housefly crawling on a nude woman. Other pieces by Yoko Ono focus on humanity and she regularly encourages audiences to contribute to her work. In recent years she has begun to use social media to give her messages of activism and art further reach.


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