Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Salt Lake City, UT
Sound exhibition, Tastes Like Mandy, creates a visceral experience for the listener by simulating an abstraction of entering into an organism, human or otherwise. Willow Skye-Biggs assembles audio recordings accompanied by queer visual cues to elicit particular responses from her audience. Emotive tones harmonize and conceal layers of vibration which the listener moves amongst within the dimly blue-lit space. In Tastes Like Mandy, waves of ecstasy juxtapose against throes of agony, all the while implying an inseparable consonance between the two in the face of human experience. The pain resulting from the pleasures of love, the peace gained through the struggles of accepting one’s body and of understanding one’s identity. Women’s underwear strewn about the room and four partially buried human spines echo in response, revisiting now genderless victims, revealing a bodiless future.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.