slip of the tongue, 1995
A macro slide projection of a human “geographic tongue” encompassing the entire far wall of the gallery, gradually dissolves from sharp focus to increased obscurity and back again. On the surface of a large oak table an enlarged aerial photograph is unrolled, illuminated by a bare light bulb. The atmosphere mimics a covert activity.
A geographic tongue (a common medical condition) is overly sensitive to certain foods; the taste buds engrave a map-like texture on the surface of the tongue. The image (when in focus) is somewhat distasteful when enlarged to such a scale. When out of focus, the wall glows with a beautiful hue of pink. The piece explores concepts of taste, and how these preconceptions (in)form our individual and cultural (dis)pleasures.