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Titty Tree (2021)

Silicone, pigments, led lighting, steel, 155x 65cm

 Commissioned by MAMA Albury

 

Titty tree is a new sculptural light work, using the bottoms of capsicum and tomato as inspiration. The underside of these vegetables form flowery patterns, which have been cast in silicone to create 444 nipple flowers, in response to an interaction the artist had with their halmeoni:

I hadn’t seen my grandma in over fifteen years when I visited her in Korea during a particularly brutal winter. I had newly adopted a feminist perspective and disposed of every bra I owned. My grandma greeted me excitedly, but as I took my coat off, her eyes caught my hardened nipples piercing through my layers. She burst out laughing and asked if she could take a look at them. Hesitant, but as one might offer their palms to a fortune teller, I leaned in so she could take a closer look at my stretched out sweater. She cackled louder, “Just like your mother!!! They will bring you a good husband!!! Just like your father!!!”