Anicka Yi, ‘Let's Not Get Too Started’, 2014, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2014

Estimate: $7,000. Employing materials such as soap, potato chips, milk, and hair gel, Anicka Yi creates tactile and fragrant sculptures, paintings, and installations that play on the paradox between the enduring, timelessness of art, and ideas of impermanence.

About Anicka Yi

Employing materials such as soaps, potato chips, milk, and hair gel, Anicka Yi creates tactile and fragrant sculptures, paintings, and installations that play on the paradox between the enduring, timelessness of art, and ideas of impermanence. Her soap paintings act as a statement on the cosmetics and body-related industries, while their scents disrupt expectations of experiential art. By combining ingredients, she draws on associations and memories, such as that of a freshly scrubbed kitchen in Auras, Orgasms, and Nervous Peaches (2011), in which fragrant olive oils leak from the walls of a tiled room. “I'm interested in connections between materials and materialism, states of perishability and their relationship to meaning and value, consumerist digestion and cultural metabolism,” she says.

Korean, b. 1971, Seoul, South Korea, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2017
New York, NY, United States,
The Hugo Boss Prize 2016: Anicka Yi, Life Is Cheap

Group Shows

2017
New York, NY, United States,
The 2017 Whitney Biennial
2015