Name: Rachel De Joode
Hometown: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Currently resides: Berlin, Germany; Mexico City, Mexico; and New York City, New York
Recent and upcoming exhibitions: “Open For Business,” a two-artist show with Kate Steciw at Casa Mauaad, Mexico City; solo show at DiabloRosso, Panama City; LMCC’s Swing Space residency, New York City
What was the inspiration behind Tongue Piece?
The tongue itself is a ready-made I stumbled upon online and ordered from Amazon. I made the sculpture last year. I was thinking a lot about the body and how I could use gestures—in this case a tongue and a lump of skincolored clay to portray something body-like.
You created Life Is Very Long from, among other things, 60 frozen pizzas. Describe the most disgusting combination of ingredients you can imagine.
First off, I think frozen pizzas are amazing and this work is a tribute to them. But to answer your question: feces, pus, mucus, and rotting flesh.
You once wrote, “It is my intention to point out the purposelessness and absurdity of human existence through the semiotics of ‘things.’” What one thing best exemplifies that purposelessness and absurdity?
So many manmade objects are weird. Off the top of my head, maybe the Siamese Slanket in camo?