Sita Bhaumik is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who uses food as an invitation to experience histories of migration. Born and raised in Los Angeles to Japanese Colombian and Indian parents, she currently resides in Oakland. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College, an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. She has collaborated with organizations including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The San Jose Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute Asian Pacific American Center, CIIS, 826 Valencia, Stanford University, and the Future Food House in Rotterdam. She has been the art features editor for Hyphen magazine, writer for Art Practical, board member at Kearny Street Workshop, and a recent Lucas Artist Program Resident at Montalvo. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Art and Olfaction and a lecturer in the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced.
Contact Information: sbhaumik [at] cca [dot] edu
Links to articles written by/about Sita:
- Spice Wars: The Real Trouble With MSG
- The Future of Fragrance: An Interview with Perfumer Yosh Han
- Cut In/Cut Out: The Work of Gina Osterloh
- Interview with VCS alum Victoria Gannon on Art21′s Blog
- Sense of Identity: Are You What You Eat?
- 10.17.2013 / Work of Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik Included in World Food Festival, Rotterdam
- 9.5.201 / Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik’s Work Featured in San Jose Mercury News
- 8.14.2013 / The Work of Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik on View at Cultural Alliance of Long Beach
- 02.12.2013 / Asterisk SF: Artist Profile of Sita Bhaumik
- 10.01.2012 / Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik at 18 Reasons and Askerisk San Francisco
- 09.20.2012 / Sita Kuratomi Bhamik Serves on FOODWAYS IN FOCUS Scholars’ Panel
- 3.29.2011 / Sita Bhaumik, Michele Carlson, and Weston Teruya Present Panel Discussion
- 06.07.2011 / Victoria Gannon Interviews Sita Bhaumik in Art:21 Blog
- 02.24.2011 / Exhibition Review by Matthew Tedford Features Work of Sita Bhaumik
About Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik’s Thesis Project
The Edible Body: Representational Strategies in Contemporary Art Practices
The candies in Félix González-Torres’s “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1993) are not just candies; they represent the body of the artist’s lover, who died of AIDS. The dates of Michael Rakowitz’s RETURN (2004–ongoing) are not just dates; they represent the bodies of Iraqi refugees trying to escape war. In both artists’ work, food is a strategy for representing bodies that are highly contested as sites of identity. Food can represent. It can also be eaten. How does the experience of smelling, tasting, and touching shape one’s experience of the metaphorical body of another? This thesis examines how a sensory strategy can also be a political strategy. González-Torres used food to infiltrate the art institution, while Rakowitz figures the body-as-food to intervene in public space with absurd and poignant propositions.