Marina Abramović. Spirit Cooking. 1996

Marina Abramović

Spirit Cooking


Not on view
Portfolio of eight etchings (four with aquatint and one with gold leaf) and four aquatints with chine collé; and 25 letterpress prints
plate: see child records; sheet (each): 12 3/8 x 10 15/16" (31.5 x 27.8 cm)
Edition Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica
Edition Jacob Samuel, Santa Monica
Monroe Wheeler Fund
Object number
© 2015 Marina Abramovic / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
There are 38 works in this portfolio online.
Marina Abramović has 43 works online.
There are 17,184 prints online.

Spirit Cooking was the first project Jacob Samuel produced with his portable aquatint box, working with Abramović—a performance artist with little printmaking experience—in her Amsterdam studio. The artist chose to make a cookbook,writing a series of "aphrodisiac recipes" that serve as evocative instructions for actions or thoughts. To allow the artist to create the accompanying etchings in a manner consistent with her body-oriented practice, Samuel prepared the plates with soft ground so she could scratch directly onto the surface with her fingernails and encouraged her to work with spitbite, using her own saliva with nitric acid to paint on the plate.

Gallery label from Print/Out, February 19–May 14, 2012

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