I construct ‘bodies’ out of scavenged furniture, home appliances, and other common products. These objects, which we experience on a daily basis: a mattress, bathtub, or sofa; are tailored for the human body and thus inherit some of its properties.
The objects intertwine and act upon each other; constraining, puncturing, pushing – probing their material forms. The forms investigate their own “flesh”, exposing their inner structural configurations and fillings; springs contorting out of a mattress, foam slipping out of a sofa.
In their failed attempts to perform bodily functions they become amalgamates of material domesticity, assemblages of fragmented utilities, unraveling in form and material as they perform their broken practical purposes.
The used objects retain aspects of their manufactured forms, thus pointing to the process of deterioration that products and bodies undergo. The expression of material exhaustion and decline in my work, usually shunned from social spaces such as the home, reasserts a material reality, and points to the inevitable progression of age. The material, slowly overtaking the identity of the object, eats away at the utilitarian form, leaving it in the in-between space – not inanimate nor alive.
Bat-Ami Rivlin is a New York-based artist. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Bahnhof Gallery, LatchKey Gallery, David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Bronx Art Space, Time Square Space, and Knockdown Center. She has been artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation Residency, SVA Sculpture & New Media Residency, and Arts Letters and Numbers Residency. Rivlin is the recipient of awards such as the SVA Bronze Casting grant at MANA Contemporary Keating Foundry, the David Berg Foundation Scholarship, and the Artis Fund Scholarship. Her work was featured in publications such as Artslant, Artnet, The Paris Review, Office Magazine, and Peripheral Visions Arts