Artist Abigail Lucien spoke with BmoreArt about their installation at SculptureCenter, titled in ‘Holding Your Name Like Butter in Your Palm,’ on view through August 2 as part of ‘In Practice: You may go, but this will bring you back.’
“The act of hand carving a name is a way of meditation on loss,” Lucien says. “The gesture is symbolic of a prayer one might cast for care or protection over a loved one. The installation’s essence is to be reflective and restorative, making a statement of the importance of valuing Black life within and outside of the context of an art institution.” While visitors cannot touch the piece and feel it melting with their own body heat, the smell of the cocoa butter is still extremely evocative, leaving the viewer to make their own associations with the lubricant which is often applied directly to the body as a gesture of care.
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