Dubossarsky - Vinogradov
Stephen J. Shanabrook
RUSSIAN & AMERICAN MORGUE CHOCOLATES
Consumption alone has become the manner in which life is sustained. In this artificial state life’s processes cannot come full circle. These processes become upended in a single direction; movements both physical and psychological become stilted and reactionary.
The chocolate molds were made from impressions collected at morgues in both Russia and America. Through the hint of digestion or thought of, these wounds structured superfluously in chocolate are temporarily removed for the living to process again, not to acquaint us with death per say, but to nourish life in the sense of our connection to. It goes without saying that barriers are relieved of their duties when one makes a connection between body temperature and the temperature of chocolate or associations with religious practices and biological orders. But laying a grid over chaos seems nonsensical; it chaos, seems better understood through the making of such generous connection.
Haarlem, the Netherlands 1994
Wedding Favors, detail