Look for the plus icon next to videos throughout the site to add them here. Janine Antoni. Lick and Lather, detail, Collection of Jeffrey Deitch, New York. Photo by John Bessler.
The Art of Chocolate (and Soap)
The Art of Chocolate (and Soap) | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine
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. A previous piece, Gnaw , had involved chewing down a large slab of chocolate and another slab of lard, and then using the chewed materials to create new, smaller pieces.
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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. Because the viewer can imagine her intimate contact with the object in making it, they can reconstruct the process in their minds.
Have you ever wished you could eat a piece of art? What about bathing with one? Well, this artist decided to do both. Janine Antoni is a fascinating contemporary artist who uses everyday tasks as her canvas and her body as her tool. Lick and Lather is a captivating piece that captures Janine Antoni's style in a fascinating way.