Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Melanie Schiff (American, b. 1977)

Spit Rainbow, 2006

Chromogenic development print

29 x 39 1/2 in. (73.7 x 100.3 cm)


Restricted gift of Kay and Malcolm Kamin and Kay Torshen in honor of the MCA?s 40th Anniversary
2007.34

Melanie Schiff’s works are as much about the photographic process as they are about the subjects depicted. Using only natural light, she captures the light refracted off droplets of water to create a rainbow. According to the artist, “something I experienced in a different context moves me to not only remake it, but experience it for myself, resulting in something beautiful from a forceful and childish gesture.” For this work, Schiff was inspired by a boy spitting water off the side of a boat. The image also pays homage to works by Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941) and her former professor Tony Tasset (American, b. 1960), thereby inserting herself in the artistic lineage of artists who combine performance and photography.