Ang Sookon: Your Love Is Like a Chunk of Gold

Art Artwork from China. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 29 May 2013.

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Year: 2011

“Your Love Is Like A Chunk of Gold” is a series of bread with crystal growth. To create it, the artist took a loaf of stale bread and soaked it in monoammonium phosphate. Where mold would have grown, crystals sprang up instead, and through a process of careful pruning, Sookon created an entity that is both beautiful and grotesque.

The bread is a familiar item, a comfort food; the spiky crystal (instead of mold) growth made it strange and treacherous — the bread with crystal growth becomes an oxymoron object of familiarity and strangeness, comfort and pain similar to experiences of love and romance.

“The stories we sit up late to hear are love stories. It seems that we cannot know enough about this riddle of our lives. We go back and back to the same scenes, the same words, trying to scrape out the meaning. Nothing could be more familiar than love. Nothing else eludes us so completely.”

Jeanette Winterson

Your Love is Like a Chunk of Gold (country), 2011
Bread, monoammonium phosphate
Appox. 17 × 13 × 9 cm
Appox. 8 × 13 × 9 cm

Sookoon Ang has exhibited very widely throughout Europe, Asia, and the US, most recently at Art Incubator 4 in Singapore and Absurdistan at OV Gallery in Shanghai, China. She has participated in residencies around the world, including the ISCP, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Changdong National Art Studio in Seoul. She currently bakes her bread in both Singapore and Brussels.