Thursday, March 13, 2014

Janine Antoni's Milagros

Making any of my work is a form of feeling,
that in making I can somehow locate myself
in relationship to other than my environment.
~ Janine Antoni

The Art21 video below offers a brief introduction to the process-focused work of Brooklyn-based sculptor and performance artist Janine Antoni, who has a solo exhibition, the installation "Within", at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennslvania, through March 30. Views of the installation may be seen at the exhibition link.

In the video, Antoni talks about how she created her resin milagros ("miracles"), which were inspired by religious votives that take the shapes of parts of the body that are ailing. 

A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Antoni is famous for her self-portraits, including the chocolate and soap busts of Lick and Lather (1993), and her feminist take-off on Minimalism, Gnaw (1992), comprising 600 pounds of gnawed chocolate and lard cubes, owned by the MoMA.

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