Trigger: Anicka Yi
Hi. My name is Anicka Yi.
These works were actually made in 2011 and at the time, I was thinking a lot about metabolisms and digestion and indigestion, for that matter. And the works that are being exhibited are actually in a vacuum-sealed bag that was custom made for part of the sculpture. And the reason why I used these vacuum-sealed bags, I was thinking about this cooking technique which is called sous vide which is essentially a kind of slow simmering of a piece of food inside of a vacuum sealed plastic bag.
In these vacuum-sealed plastic bags and what these are, they can be read as stomachs or bladders or brains or vessels for toxicity or consumer’s digestion and cultural metabolism. And I wanted to sort of make reference to connected states of perishability and consumption in manipulating and amplifying textures. And relating to our senses, a sense of haptic tactility and a sense of something that’s sealed inside that one can’t access necessarily. And so I wanted to address these kinds of states of unconscious sensations with the consciousness or the breaking up of consciousness.