Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik

Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik To Curry Favor (Installation view) Curry powder applied directly to the wall 3′x20′ 2011

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.

Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik
Eye Screamery: Almond Almond ice cream, edible print, cone 1″x2″ 2011

Contact Information: sbhaumik [at] cca [dot] edu

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About Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik’s Thesis Project

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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.

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