Janine Antoni

Inhabit, 2009

Digital C-Print, artist's frame

116 1/2 x 72 inches (295.91 x 182.88 cm)

Framed: 119 11/16 x 75 1/8 x 3 inches (304 x 190.82 x 7.62 cm)

In Inhabit, Antoni turns her attention to the complex role of mothering. After years of exploring her relationship to her family and most specifically to her mother, Antoni now focuses on herself in this role. Embracing the necessity of shape–shifting to accommodate this position, the artist renders herself half–spider, half–hermit crab. It is unclear whether her body is suspended or ascending: whether or not she is entrapped or the structure of support. On closer inspection it is clear that she is holding space for a very delicate creation.