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Faith
2013

Faith is a 48-foot-long white pedestal balanced on a single, central steel base.  1573 hand-made chinese egg custard tarts are placed in a grid on top of the pedestal.  As viewers help themselves to the tarts, the pedestal begins to move, adjusting itself to the new balance of weight, like a seesaw.  The more tarts are taken from one side, the lower the pedestal tilts on the other side.  When a viewer accidentally leans on the pedestal, thinking it is a stable plinth, it tilts dramatically down in the viewer's direction before its balance is restored.  The work is at once a reframing of the viewer's engagement with the art object, and an exploration of the relationship between fertility and the many forces that exert influence on it.

 

 
 Photos by Juliette Dumas