Soft Drink

This piece was molded from actual soft drink cups and exhibited in an actual cardboard fast food cup holder. The tops of the drinks, domes used to contain whipped cream, have been removed and replaced by human breasts. The piece is cast is clear plastic and the realistic color of the aureoles is the result of a chance process; an increased concentration of resin at the tip of the sculpture.

The first form of sustenance that a baby consumes is a mother’s milk. The ritual of feeding is also a bonding moment as the baby nuzzles against the soft tissue of the mother’s breast. The carbonated beverages produced by multinational companies could not be further in form and in function from this act. Soft drinks are neither nutritious nor served through warm, personal contact with another person.

The juxtaposition of the two forms of drinking is both a surreal joke and a meditation on consumption. Whereas child rearing is a highly personal process, parents increasingly abandon their own instincts to an army of experts employed by for profit corporations. The sculpture highlights the absurdity of rearing children by proxy.

The work also comments on efforts to commodify the female body. By picking and choosing body parts at a plastic surgeon’s office as one picks and chooses clothing, often to look like this or that celebrity icon, a patient ignores the needs and tendencies of her own body. By aspiring to fit into a particular mold through such unnatural procedures instead of leading a healthy lifestyle that honors one’s particular shape and size, women do themselves a disservice.

Soft Drink, 2009, resine, socle fast-food, 22 cm x 22 cm x 12 cm