Discussion Questions: Janine Antoni’s Lick and Lather

Artwork image, Janine Antoni's Lick and Lather

Janine Antoni, Lick and Lather, 1993–94; collection SFMOMA, Collection of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (John Caldwell, curator of Painting and Sculpture, 1989–93, Fund for Contemporary Art purchase); © Janine Antoni; photo: Ben Blackwell

  1. Does this work look realistic to you? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. The artist made this work out of soap and chocolate. Why do you think she chose these materials? In your opinion, do they represent, or symbolize, anything? How would your interpretation of this work change if the artist had used different materials?
  3. If you were going to make a sculptural self-portrait, what materials would you use? Why?
  4. How has your understanding of the work changed after looking at it and discussing it for a while? In what ways do you view it differently now than when you first saw it?

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