"Saddle" (2000)

"Saddle," 2000
Full rawhide (cow), 25 2/3 x 32 1/2 x 78 5/8 inches
Photo by Anders Norrsell
Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine

"I think the startling thing for me was that I made a ghost of myself. When I’m with the piece I feel the absence, both of my body and the cow. It wasn’t necessarily something I intended for the piece, to be so ghostlike. It’s transparent...there’s nothing underneath, although the shape so articulates the figure. It’s a kind of push-pull that you feel, of such a presence of the figure. For me, the shocking thing was to realize that I’ve made a piece about the death of the cow, my own death."

- Janine Antoni