The BRILLIANT Janine Antoni.
I was first introduced to Antoni’s work in first year while sampling sculpture and was mainly interested in her hide works molded over her own body (Saddle, 2000). In my research of her work I also came across her chocolate and lard work Gnaw (1992) and her beautiful self portraits, busts made out of chocolate and soap (Lick and Lather, 1993) which she licked and bathed her self with to degrade the features of each bust, diminishing its resemblance to her self. The work is a remarkably eloquent exploration of the tension between mental and physical self and a distaste for our own appearance.
“I wanted to work with the tradition of self-portraiture but also with the classical bust…I had the idea that I would make a replica of myself in chocolate and in soap, and I would feed myself with my self, and wash myself with my self. Both the licking and the bathing are quite gentle and loving acts, but what’s interesting is that I’m slowly erasing myself through the process. So for me it’s about that conflict, that love/hate relationship we have with our physical appearance, and the problem I have with looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘Is that who I am?’”
- Janine Antoni
Full rawhide (cow), 25 2/3 x 32 1/2 x 78 5/8 inches
“Gnaw” (1992) 600 lbs of chocolate and 600 lbs of lard, gnawed by the artist Each cube: 61 x 61 x 61 cm 24 x 24 x 24”
“Lick and Lather,” (1993)
7 soap and 7 chocolate self-portrait busts, 24 x 16 x 13 inches each
Lipstick and chocolate box made from chewed lard and chocolate (from Gnaw )
BRUCE NAUMAN _ FINGERS AND HOLES (1995)
An interesting sculptural work using fingers.
Ellen Kooi is a Dutch photographer who creates incredible panoramic photographs that toe the line between dramatic reality and grim fantasy.
Jessica Harrison’s delightfully twisted porcelain dolls
Marc Quinn – ‘Self’ (1991)
Cast of own head made with 4.5 litres of his own blood (frozen).
Almost Perfect - Lisa Kellner
silk, pigment, thread, surgical pins 42” x 31” x 6”
I just really like this subtly sinister work with the pure white child playing with blood.