Anicka Yi makes artworks that confront today’s world, challenging the traditions of sculpture through unconventional materials and instability. Her work interacts with the viewer across a range of senses—such as smell—and pushes upon prevailing notions of gender roles, soft power, transparency, and posthumanism.
In 2013 Yi began a trilogy of exhibitions to explore, as she has written, “the forensics of loss and longing,” creating work inspired by the very human emotions we attach to romance and daily life: Denial, Divorce, and now, Death. Following gallery shows in Berlin and New York, the Transformer Station hosted the culmination of Yi’s trilogy, which analyzed the acceptance of what it means to be human. Presenting artworks from earlier in her career as well as new pieces making their debut in Cleveland, Anicka Yi: Death included a unique installation design that evoked both the sterility associated with death and the flurry of life before the final breath.
Anicka Yi lives and works in New York City. Previous solo exhibitions include: Divorce, 47 Canal, New York; Denial, Lars Friedrich, Berlin; SOUS-VIDE, 47 Canal, New York, and Excuse Me, Your Necklace Is Leaking, Green Gallery, Milwaukee. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues including the 12th Biennale de Lyon; Studiolo, Zurich; MoCA, North Miami; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel; White Flag Projects, Saint Louis; Sculpture Center, New York, and White Columns, New York. She was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2011. Upcoming projects include the Taipei Biennial and MIT Visiting Artist Program, Cambridge.