Janine Antoni

Wean, 1989/90

Plaster, sheet rock

12 x 38 x 2 inches (30.48 x 96.52 x 5.08 cm)

Weanis an artwork that is seamless with the architecture of the wall. Read as a sentence, the hollow forms from left to right are impressions of the artist's breast, her nipple, three latex nipples used for baby bottles, and the store-bought packaging they come in. 

The title, Wean, speaks to the baby’s separation from the mother and traces how the culture remakes the body.