The Mastication of Alina Szapocznikow (Ecstatic Essays No. 04)


Artist: Jenine Marsh

28 pages, saddle-stitched, risograph pamphlet, 5 x 7 inches
Blank Cheque Press, July 2018

Printed by Colour Code.


"Fingers reach between her lips, search for and pinch on the wet, slippery thing. Between thumb and index finger, she pulls it out and looks at it: indentations and protrusions, imperfect casts of her molars, the texture of her tongue and the roof of her mouth caught in a fluid animation, smeared with saliva, blurred with softness. A thing of coincidence, a near-perfect sculpture."

Ecstatic Essays is a series of pamphlets presenting nuanced opinions on popular icons in arts & culture.

About the Artist: 
Jenine Marsh (b. 1984) is an artist based in Toronto. She has exhibited her work widely, notably at Gianni Manhattan, Vienna; Entrée, Bergen; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Lulu, Mexico City; Vie d’ange, Montreal; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles; and 8-11, Toronto. She has participated in residencies at USF Verftet AiR Bergen (NO), Rupert (Vilnius) and the Banff Centre (CA).

About the Publisher:
Blank Cheque is a small press based in Vancouver that is dedicated to the publication of art writing in its many forms. This includes but is not limited to plotless fiction, eccentric art criticism, messy philosophical treatises, urgent poetics, esoteric writing by artists, and book projects that otherwise run parallel to artists' practices.

Conceived while daydreaming in an overpriced shoe store, the series is edited by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross and produced in living rooms, studios, and print shops, with the help of friends.

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