performance and film / duration 25 min / Los Angeles / 2018 / the action of licking a Rolls Royce in its entirety
The physical sensations of desire - salivation, hair standing on end, heavy breath, a quickened pulse and a loss of psychological control - are satisfied in nature through physical consumption. We “devour” foods that whet our appetite, we “consume” bodies that stimulate our sexuality, we toss ourselves in the sea and allow ourselves to be “consumed” by the waves... But material objects of desire defy consumption. They can be purchased, owned and utilised, but never actually “consumed”.
In this piece the artist licks a Rolls Royce in its entirety to explore what happens when we physicalise the sensation of desire that material objects stimulate within us. In doing so she reflects on ideas of capitalism, materialism, social hierarchy, feminism and dehumanisation by technology.