Artist Name:

Andy Nicho Li

Title of Work:

My Pet Fish

Country: USA
Year: 2017

About This Work

This is a meditation on pet death, the spontaneity of some tragedies, the little missions in life that bring out strange and intimate relationships. It was created using the game development engine Unity.

“As a queer person, I’ve used technology to connect with others in times of social isolation and anxiety, whether that was through playing online games or watching videos on YouTube. I’ve found comfort in the physical warmth of
connection that I feel with people, animals, fictional characters on screens. My work is about creating a home within digital, technological spaces where stories can be exchanged through simple, far-reaching gestures.

For this work, I look to the art practices of Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jooyoung Choi, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, as well as projects in the media industry, such as Terrace House, The Great British Bakeoff, and Animal Crossing.”


I am a homebody who explores the traces of care in eating, resting, and uttering in my practice. I look deeply at the relationship between softness and scars, investigating the ambiguity between cures and causes of acne, along with the constant precarity within obsessive compulsive disorder. Inspired by Mel Y. Chen’s Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, I aim to explore the animatedness, corporeality, and edibility of objects, surfaces, interactions. I am interested in the exchanges and placements that create gathering for nourishment: the home, the grocery store, the restaurant—or create gathering in general, whether that involves humans, non-human animals, plants, rocks.

Shown IRL at

31 January - 22 March 2018
RMIT Bld 94 Lv 2 Rm 2, 23-27 Cardigan St, Carlton
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6:30pm Friday 2 February 2018
Federation Square
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