Esther Kim

Visual Artist

Severed Tongue
2019, 2020
19.5” x 13” x 13”

Severed Tongue is a metal sculpture that contemplates limitations of verbal communication and ideas around ‘biting your tongue’. Representing language and speech; the tongue is an instrument for communication that powerfully and precisely unfolds. It is hidden, encapsulated within our mouth and skull; a passageway into the mind. In biting your tongue off completely, Severed Tongue resembles the held back attempts to speak, a suppression of freedom dissected at the root. Hollow yet heavy, the two foot tongue can not be ignored as it emerges from the wall to be right in the viewers face.