Anicka Yi

    Incarcerated Scarfaces, 2014

    Porcelain, glaze, oil paint, gold pin 
    Approximately 4.25 x 1 x 3.8 inches 
    Series of 15 unique works


    Anicka Yi examines the exhilarating and bizarre potentiality of the body and organic matter with current advancements in material and cosmetic technology. Incarcerated Scarfaces is a series of unique ceramic casts of a single tempura-fried flower coated with resin, a delicate and perishable organic object, battered and fried, and then preserved in acrylic. The ceramic casts are carefully hand-painted to resemble the original fried flower, and each sculpture is backed with a gold pin suggesting its potential wearability. Yi's work was included in the 2012 SculptureCenter exhibition A Disagreeable Object.


    Yi's work was included in a countless group shows including the 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live in Interesting Times (2019); New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-first Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); In Tune with the World, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); and The Dream of Forms, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017). As the recipient of the 2016 Hugo Boss prize, Yi was featured in Life Is Cheap, a major solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and she was also included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.


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