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Janine Antoni (1964-
Janine was born in Freeport, Bahamas and resides in New York. Antoniís primary tool for making sculpture is her own body. She has chiseled cubes of lard and chocolate with her teeth, and washed away the faces of soap busts made in her own likeness. She recieved several prestigious awards including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999.
Loving Care
Gnaw
Lick and Lather

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Loving Care, 1992, Performance at the Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London.
Photograph: Leslie Haslam.

Janine is mopping the floor with her hair.
The body itself is liminal - between material thing and immaterial consciousness, a shifting interface between subjectivity and the world, a seemingly solid reality that is nevertheless a flux of viscera, time, consciousness and space. Anthropological studies have been a fertile source for visual artists interested in exploring an alternative semantics of the body.

Speech has been over-emphasised as the privileged means of human communication, and the body neglected. It is time to rectify this neglect and to become aware of the body as the physical channel of meaning.
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