Today is WorldChocolateDayso we are looking at the work of one artist who was used this sugary treat in her artwork - Janine Antoni. In her work entitled 'Lick and Lather' ofAntoni created 14 self-portrait busts. Seven were created using chocolate and seven were created using soap.
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Bahamas SculpturePerformance Art. Janine Antoni is a Bahamian contemporary artist who works with different materials, such as soap, lard, and chocolate.
Janine Antoni, Lick and Lather, Photo by Cathy Carver. All images courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Josefina Ayerza To resume again Janine Antoni became indeed a fairy tale when she set foot in the Venice Biennale's Apertoan exhibition committed to emerging juveniles, the yearwith her Lick and Lather made up of 14 portrait busts, cast of a model of herself and mounted on look-a-like ancient classical pedestals. Seven statues were cast in white soap, and the other seven in brown chocolate, and then reshaped by the rather subjective acts which engaged her tongue passing over, and the frothing up of bubbles, fizz, effervesce, foam-in one statue, the features were completely erased.
Contemporary artist Janine Antoni created the original sculptures in from molds of her own head. Then she licked the chocolate bust down until its features became indistinct, and took the soap bust into the shower with her, letting water slowly erode its features. The goal of licking and washing the busts, says Antoni, was to highlight the conflicted, but intimate, relationship that many people have with their surface appearance.
Janine Antoni explores the boundaries between object making and performance. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She is known for transforming materials like chocolate, soap, limestone, cow hide and clay by using unusual art-making processes such as eating, bathing, grinding, mopping, and sleeping.
For the work Lick and Lather Antoni made a mold directly from her body, then cast herself seven times in chocolate and seven times in soap. She then re-shaped her image by licking the chocolate and washing the soap. The ancient Greeks believed that a perfectly proportioned body was seven heads high. By licking and washing the heads, Antoni questions these assumptions of classical beauty.