Soma: Bodies Without Gender
The 27 salt pillars hand made by Maria Kulikovska. Performative sculpture "Soma" was nominee for the Pinchuk Art Prize 2013 at PinchukArtCentre / Kyiv, UA / 2013–2014
Sculpture, salt (60 x 300 x 60 cm)
All photos from Maria Kulikovska and PinchukArtCentre archives.
The nucleus of Maria Kulikovska work is her own body, its perpetuation, its transformation and its decay. Throughout her young oeuvre the idea of her body has transformed into architectural structures made from natural materials, such as salt, milk or sugar, dealing with ideas of production, construction and deconstruction.
For at the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013, Kulikovska created a new sculpture made of self-produced salt bricks she used to construct a landscape of 27 pillars, which by the very nature of the material and production was in the continuous decay.