"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 (2003)
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Filmed weaving a rope out of materials donated by friends and relatives, Janine Antoni comments that the rope is like a "lifeline." The artist is later shown walking a tightrope, preparing for the video "Touch" where she appears to walk on the blue ocean horizon of her childhood home in the Bahamas. Antoni's use of unusual sculptural materials such as chocolate, soap, lard, and rawhide is explored as the artist takes the viewer on a tour of a major exhibition at SITE Santa Fe. "There are so many objects that...we’ve lost a connection to what they’re made of, who made them," explains Antoni.