Anicka Yi


high density foam, resin, urethane paint, and frame
37 x 49 x 2 1/2 inches

To use a term coined by Caroline Jones, a scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, my work is bio-fiction. I want to fuse the writing of life – the notion that all living things have their own stories, contexts, perspectives, and histories – with the study of life, which also now includes an embrace of nonhuman perspectives. – Anicka Yi

Known for work that merges art, science, and technology, Anicka Yi raises questions about our understanding and control of the natural world. In this work from 2020, a geometric relief conjures any number of microscopic forms – such as algae, protozoa, and fungus – but also functions as a kind of ambiguous landscape that could be both microscopic and macroscopic. The poetic title, She Climbed Through the Hills Until They Became Blankets, suggests a shift in perspective while experiencing nature, which mirrors Yi’s own approach that suggests a deeper understanding of, and respect for, life outside the human realm. Yi’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Basel; List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2016, Yi was awarded the Hugo Boss and in 2019 her work was be featured in Venice at the 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times. Her work is currently on view at The Warehouse in Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma.