(American, born January 19, 1964) is a sculptor, photographer, performance artist, and installation artist. She was born in Freeport, Bahamas, and later moved to Florida in 1977 to attend boarding school. In 1986, Antoni earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She went on to earn an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. Antoni describes herself as “a storyteller with many stories to tell,” but she leaves room for the viewer’s imagination to expand on those stories and develop their own.
Antoni is greatly influenced by Robert Smithson
and Louise Bourgeois
. Using her body as a tool, Antoni demonstrates daily rituals through sculptural processes. In the sculpture installation piece Gnaw
(1992), Antoni chewed 600-pound cubes of chocolate and lard until she was too exhausted to continue. In a public performance at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery called Loving Care
(1993), Antoni mopped the floor using her hair and a bucket of dye.
Over the course of her career, Antoni has received a Painting and Sculpture Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Larry Aldrich Foundation Award. From 1993 to 2000, she participated in the Venice, Whitney, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Kwangju, and Korea biennials. She currently lives and works in New York City.