Border Unseen 2014
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan, USA
A visceral sculpture made of false teeth and dental polymer –spanning 84 feet extending from the ceiling to the gallery floor, cutting across the gallery’s geometric interior designed by Zaha Hadid.
I created a fluid line of false teeth and dental polymer to manifest a monumental hanging visceral sculpture that spanned eighty-four feet, extending from the ceiling to the gallery floor. Drawing an organic and irregular line through the prism-shaped complex geometries of the museum’s over powering Zaha Hadid-designed building, the work simultaneously evokes the human spine and an industrial beam, exposing the subtleties of power.
It represents a grotesque idea of an abstract body which compliments and complicates the concrete geometric structure. While referencing art historical dialogues surrounding materiality and minimalism, the sculpture is primed to elicit strong reactions from viewers. This teeth sculpture recalls my other works in similar materiality that elude to the boundary space of the body to elements associated with domesticity. Here, the teeth are not only the guardians of the body’s insides, but also the sanctuary of home.