Multimedia Installation

The Roger Smith Lab Gallery

LA INCUBADORA  |  New York, NY  2010

I am re-envisioning the The Roger Smith Lab Gallery at Roger Smith Hotel as a warm human incubator, in contrast to the cold exterior of Manhattan, yet concurrently reflecting its sterility. This is a new way to present “You Cannot…” that works with my current sensibilities while still staying true to the original sculptures.

Media: Abaca cast paper and mixed media
Dimensions for each piece: 39 in x 19.5 in x 13.5 in
Music by: Meshell Ndegeocello
The installation dimensions varies by exhibit space.

ARTIST STATEMENT (English / Espanol)

In her captivating exploration, artist Grimanesa Amoros delves into the intricate relationship between biology and society, posing fundamental questions about the influence of biology on gender-specific roles and their evolution in changing societal landscapes.

Inspired by personal experiences during pregnancy and nursing, Grimanesa observes the curious nuances of gender disparities, sparking a creative impulse to bridge the gap between male and female bodies. At the core of her work, “You Cannot Feel It…,” she envisions a future where both men and women may experience pregnancy, challenging entrenched social norms.

In the installation space, viewers encounter handmade paper sculptures—clones of a pregnant female torso with a male head, crafted from molds taken from Grimanesa’s body. Symbolic of a foundational connection to the earth, soft, pale sand surrounds these sculptures. Collaborating with composer Meshell Ndegeocello, Grimanesa weaves a sensory experience with lighting and music, inviting viewers to engage with modern science’s extraordinary possibilities and mysteries in a concise yet impactful journey.