Marina Abramović is an artist of extremes, whether fasting in São Paulo or devouring boxes of chocolate after performances. Here, she shares some food-related memories.
The Joy of Eating Alone
People are so lonely, everywhere. Yet solitude can be happy. For the Bernardaud china I designed this year, I wanted to explore the pure pleasure of eating alone by creating a set for one person. Bernardaud said yes to my idea, knowing it could be a disaster. Because who buys a set of china for one? But the company is getting lots of orders, especially from Japan.
For “The Artist Is Present” at MoMA [a 2010 performance during which she sat silently all day for 75 days], I prepared for one year, as if I were going to a space station. I didn’t eat lunch, so my body knew not to expect it. When I perform I am vegetarian. I work with Dr. Linda Lancaster, a naturopathic physician and nutrition expert in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’re writing a book documenting what I eat during performances.