Blackface Projection Grid #1,2,3, 2014
49 corks on wood panel, 30 x 30 cm, edition of 3 + A/P
edition 2 and 3 available for purchase.
The series, Blackface Projection Grid, uses in each work 49 corks, seven across and seven down. Seven is seen globally as a significant number (i.e. seven sins, seven wonders of the world, seven having religious connotations, etc.) and the artist also invoked the number seven in the work 7 Drawings, 28 Kisses while using the Little Gauss Arithmetic Progression Formula as a strategy of counting the Other, which objectifies and refuses to acknowledge individualized subjects. RHEE was first drawn to working with corks because they have a similar shape to the German snack, Choco Kiss. But the power of the object lies in the historical usage; Blackface performers had used burnt cork to blacken their skin.