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Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake
On view through January 23, 2022
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Scottsdale, Arizona

New York-based artist Mimi O Chun’s soft sculptures act as moments in which we are most accurately able to glimpse ourselves and the world in which we live.

This is Chun’s first solo museum exhibition that presents all-new soft sculptures produced over the past year and a half — a time marked by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a polarized political climate, and a civil uprising for racial justice. Chun explains that “these cultural, political, and economic winds formed a perfect storm that have exposed and exacerbated the structural inequities of a late capitalist economy.”

The title, “It’s all cake,” speaks to the excess of physical goods, entertainment, and news headlines that we are conditioned to consume online. In the limitless world of the Internet, flashy personalized ads lead to impulse purchases and viral videos distract from the profound issues facing our world today.

[Image: Mimi O Chun, “Prime Hermit,” 2021; fiberfill, armature wire, cotton cloth, embroidery floss; 18 x 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist]