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Whispering Bodies

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Anderson
© Courtesy of the artist and Elmhurst Art Museum
Whispering Bodies

150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126
January 16th, 2010 - March 21st, 2010

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DESCRIPTION

Nikki Renee Anderson creates ceramic sculptures and installations that explore the feminine experience based on her personal history. The Cherry Series is intended to create fantasy objects and explore cultural stereotypes about beauty, desire and femininity. The sculptures resemble abstract desserts, which reference to the female body. The inspiration for this project comes from Anderson's personal experience.

Her father owned a restaurant and bakery and as a child she spent many hours there while he was working. Sometimes she helped out with cooking and baking tasks. Other times Anderson would just pick a treat from the bakery case to eat. Anderson also struggled with my weight as a little girl. This project reflects the beauty and delight Anderson saw and experienced at the bakery as well as the gluttony and shame of her body. It also reflects cultural expectations and stereotypes about the female body.