The Postnatal Egg
The Postnatal Egg: Heliconius, Archaic Cusp, Memory Sleeper Cell, Sunspool, Volcanic Endpoint, Releasing the Human from the Human now welcomes guests to Newfields. The sculpture is made up of eight lacquered kelp pods suspended inside the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion that resemble cocoon-like structures. Each kelp pod is internally lit and gives off a subtle amber glow. Look closely and you will see animatronic insects flutter about inside each pod.
Anicka Yi is a Korean American conceptual artist based in New York whose work lies at the intersection or art and technology. She frequently collaborates with researchers, engineers, and scientists. Her inspiration for The Postnatal Egg was a primordial “meta-egg” capable of shifting between different species and life cycles.