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Janine Antoni in "Loss & Desire"

Filmed weaving a rope out of materials donated by friends and relatives, Janine Antoni comments that the rope is like a “lifeline.” The artist is later shown walking a tightrope, preparing for the video Touch where she appears to walk on the blue ocean horizon of her childhood home in the Bahamas.

Antoni’s use of unusual sculptural materials such as chocolate, soap, lard, and rawhide is explored as the artist takes the viewer on a tour of a major exhibition at SITE Santa Fe. “There are so many objects that…we’ve lost a connection to what they’re made of, who made them,” explains the artist.

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Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni’s work blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. Transforming everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and sleeping into ways of making art, Antoni’s primary tool for making sculpture has always been her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness, and used the brainwave signals recorded while she dreamed at night as a pattern for weaving a blanket the following morning.

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“There’s so many objects that we come in contact with that we’ve somehow lost the connection to what they’re made of and who made them.

So that’s really important for me to—in the object and on the surface of the object—somehow give you a history of how that object has made its way into the world.”

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Artist Janine Antoni discusses her 1993 work, Lick and Lather.

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