Artist Wills Remains to Guggenheim Museum
New York based artist Shishaldin has left her remains as a bequest to the Guggenheim Museum.
BROOKLYN, NY--March 7, 2004--It has been said that everyone loves you when you are dead, but New York artist Shishaldin has undertaken an unusual approach towards achieving artistic immortality. Under the terms of her will, her remains are being left to the Guggenheim Museum in New York with the stipulation that they are to be freeze dried and displayed nude in a prominent location.
"The museums are like cemeteries, filled with art by dead people. This is actually a very conventional approach towards making art." says the currently very much alive Shishaldin.
The Guggenheim has been mum so far on this unusual bequest. Has it occurred to the artist that they might actually decline her endowment(s)?
"Why on would they do that? Hot naked chicks in the lobby are great for business."
The 22 year old artist resides in Brooklyn where she is a MFA candidate at Pratt Institute. She originally hails from Alaska where she was the statewide women's tennis champion. She is the recipient of numerous awards in tennis and track and recently completed a piece called Berserker: Meat Marathon wherein she ran the 2003 NYC Marathon clad in salami. She has been awarded Outstanding Merit in Sculpture from Pratt Institute and was featured on the cover of The Coagula Art Journal. Her work will be on display March 22-28 at the Steuben East Gallery, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, New York