Any attempt to extricate meaning from this sculpture by Sigalit Landau must reckon with its complicated and innovative logic. The difficulty in speaking about Landau’s work stems from the limits of speech itself – from the conditioned relations between eyes that see and a mouth that describes the object of sight at a removal from an ignored body. Landau, an artist who engages in an original manner in the discourse about the female body as an arena of struggle, undermines the stable eye-mouth relationship and renders it vulnerable and open to change.
The material makeup of this sculpture – which is composed of a sugar cast formed upon the artist’s body – contributes to the understanding of Landau’s strategy. Landau undermines the narrative relations between eyes and the mouth. The work invites the viewer to closely examine the sugar cast and discover the traces of a wounding gaze that are generally eliminated by distance.
The relationship between the viewer and the work is filled here with contradictory possibilities. It is based on an exercise of power, in which the viewer's body and the sculptural body are equally present. The sugar sculpture refers to the functioning of both mouth and hands, and alludes to the viewer's potential ability to subtract from the sculpture's wholeness; it also hints at the potential ability of the sticky sugar cast to annex and trap the viewer.