Eat Me Research

Ann Hamilton, Malediction

"Ms. Hamilton sits at the table, as she has for two weeks now, wearing a brown hair shirt of a dress, pressing little balls of raw whole-wheat dough to her palette and piling the resulting form in the casket. It is hard to know if she is the object of a malediction, or is creating one as she incessantly and incrementally builds the body of the deceased."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1991/12/20/arts/art-in-review-280891.html 

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Ann Hamilton, Malediction

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

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Aimee Bender Interview

The Link Between Food and Emotion

I've been particularly inspired by Aimee Bender's fictional novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake as it explores the relationship between food and emotion to heightened level. I'm interested in developing the idea of being able to taste emotions.

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Scene from Disney's Animation of Alice in Wonderland

I like the idea of food having magical abilities which is famously explored in Alice and Wonderland and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

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Scene from Disney's Alice in Wonderland

Still Life by Sam Taylor Wood

Fishscape 1 by Carl Warner

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Carl Warner 'Foodscapes'

"London-based photographer Carl Warner uses bits and pieces of food as the medium for his still-life photography landscape series. the detailed and intricate set of scenes are built entirely from ingredients: cubed fruits and vegetables, loaves of bread, fresh fish, and deli meats are just a selection of the edibles integrated into each setting. heaps of crusty bread are reinterpreted as mountian-scapes, and spaghetti strands assume the form of a river’s tide. warner and his team meticulously assemble the culinary elements piece by piece, creating interpretations of renowned architectural structures, like the taj mahal and the great wall of china, human figures ranging from gondola drivers to cowboys, and vistas of sweeping vast deserts to a tiny tuscan marketplace.

the video below exposes warner’s creative process during the making of one of his foodscapes, beginning with sketches of the layout of the overall scene, then identifying which food product would most closely and realistically resemble a part of a real environment."

 

http://www.designboom.com/art/foodscapes-by-carl-warner-a-feast-for-the-eyes/

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Carl Warner 'Foodscapes'

Chinese Junk By Carl Warner

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Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette film

Decadence, gluttony, excess   

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Christopher Boffoli Speaks About His Work

Christopher Boffoli

At the beginning  of Boffoli's work process he often considers food. He looks between what is fresh at farmers markets and iconic brands such as Oreos and the effect they have on a person's response. He then begins to work out a story line that makes sense for his figures.

The figures are all hand painted, as they're detail is what adds to the pictures. Boffoli uses either toothpicks or a propriety putty to hold the figures in place and the photographs have very little adjustments other than some light and colour. Each photograph also comes with a caption in order to add humour and energy to the concept.

Boffoli uses miniaturization of the human form to create humourous photographs. For example in "Egg Crack Road Crew" Boffoli uses the image to disrupt our ordinary sense of spatial perspective by creating an extreme close up of a common object- this being an egg. The serious poses of the figure among the absurd image adds to the humour of the piece (which is reinforced by the caption) causing the audience to take a moment to laugh at the inherent absurdity of our daily occupations.  

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Egg Crack Road Crew, Christopher Boffoli

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"Brucie told them production was moving fast, but they just wouldn't listen"

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Christopher Boffoli on his Work Process

"The set-ups come from a very natural place. I'll usually start with the food, observing what's in season at the farmers market, considering what I've shot before. Or I think about iconic American foods, like Oreo cookies or Twinkies, and how an image of those things might tap into someone's early memory (or current closet addiction/ supermarket guilty pleasure)."

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Western Spaghetti by PES

Submarine Sandwich by PES

Fresh Guacamole by PES

Marwane Pallas

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Marwane Pallas

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marwane pallas uses forced perspective to parallel human body parts and food

"The ‘doctrine of signatures’, an important aspect of folk medicine, drew upon the belief that herbs resembling parts of the body can be used to treat ailments of those human components. titling a series of self-portraits with this theory, french photographer Marwane Pallas has used forced perspective to link a group of edible objects to body parts. the four images draw a comparison between food and figure, depicting a peeled apart grapefruit as Pallas’ lungs, red cabbage as a brain, a halved peach as a nose, and a bisected apple as a bottom."

 

http://www.designboom.com/art/marwane-pallas-self-portraits-doctrine-of-signatures-10-08-2015/

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Marwane Pallas

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Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette film

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Scene from Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette film

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Underwater Dining by Mimi Oka and Doug Fitch

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Mimi Oka & Doug Fitch Orphic Feast Series

Mimi Oka and Doug Fitch began their careers as "sustenance artists" by creating and staging amazing feasts that were inspired by F.T Marinetti's Futuristic Cookbook.

When working with food both Oka and Fitch inevitably examined questions of consumption,consumerism and the value of art. Often their work would de-familiarize food, forcing the audience to re-examine everyday objects and acts. Their Work moves from actual consumption towards an exploration of inedible or re-used products.

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Food for Thought - La Baguette Enorme en Gala

The cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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Still from The cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

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The cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover Trailer

Paul Brown Set Design

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Paul Brown Set Design

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Eating Disorders- Scene from Skins

The Four Elements: Water by Joachim Beuckelaer

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Oliver! (The Musical) (1968) Food Glorious Food

Scene from Hook

Food used for Comedy and Teaching

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