Pictured is the third in a year-long series the Independent is publishing of original works by local artists, a cumulative “virtual gallery” show. This piece is particularly appropriate given the recent contretemps on this website over readers’ comments and how they contribute (or not) to a civilized discourse. The work does render the eating one’s words as more than a metaphorical possibility, as the artist makes clear below:
This piece is in response to the hateful, racially charged and counterproductive comments made by select readers of the New Haven Independent and the New Haven Register. An alternate desire for the piece would be to pictorially expose the writers of such deplorable comments, but this was not legally possible. The printed comments were gratifyingly shredded and stuffed into the hand sculpted frank. The iconic image of a frank is the suitable choice as it is filled with the grossest parts.
– Kim Mikenis, April 2012
[More information about Kim Mikenis and her work here]
(A footnote to those who have asked to be informed of the dimensions of the works in this series: in a web exhibition, the only dimensions that matter are those on the screen in front of you. Our concluding real gallery display of the works early next year may well provide a different perspective, of course).
Previous EyeShow installments: