Saeri Kiritani

People's Choice Winner
Forest Hills, New York
100 Pounds of Rice
100 Pounds of Rice
Rice, rice noodles, Elmer’s Glue, epoxy glue, wood and metal sticks, 2010
Collection of the artist


After I began living in the U.S., I came to take a more detailed notice of my eating habits: I am mostly made of rice! I thought. In 100 Pounds of Rice, the self is literally and symbolically reconstructed out of rice. Using Elmer’s Glue and rice, even translucent rice noodles as hair, I re-created my likeness as a “rice woman.”

The sculpture is standing on a mountain of rice that the female figure both triumphantly emerges out of and drowns down into. Ordinary things I had never paid attention to in Japan became unique in my everyday life here. I look different; I eat rice; I am an Asian. I drink green tea; when I speak I have accent; and I do in fact behave differently. I find myself torn—sometimes I deliberately try to appeal to my natural existence and sometimes I just want desperately to blend in.

Video Interview: 

Saeri Kiritani, Artist, Portrait Competition 2013

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