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A painting exploration focusing on our most basic necessities, structure and food, and what they mean to us.

The Basics:

4 Months

12 paintings (large scale  approx. 4'x3')

4 foods

The Project:

My goal is to create a series of paintings that explore our relationship to food, more specifically the changing of what exactly food is and how this directly affects us. Over the years our food has transformed. It has become much more than food. It has become convenience, the science of taste, cost effectiveness, and the rise of mono-farming. 

Food is the most basic necessity for life. Without it we simply would not be. So why have we felt the need to change our food so drastically and what does that mean for us? I want to explore this idea by highlighting the process of decay in four different foods varying from fresh from my garden (no hormones, no preservatives) to highly processed and preservative filled foods. I will use my paintings to document the decay of each food at pre-determined intervals (say, day one, day three, day six...). Each image of the food will be paired with a structure that will also represent the structural integrity of the food itself. After the four month time period I will photograph all works, have them available for viewing on my website, and with some luck, have them displayed in a gallery for public view. 

The money:

The money will be used to buy things pertinent to this project such as:

Paint

Canvas

Paper

Wood (My stretchers are all hand-made by me)

Nails, Staples, and other tools required for canvas building

Tape

Test subjects a.k.a food

Brushes

The printing of postcards and art prints

Any fees necessary for obtaining a gallery space for final display

The work:

Here are a few examples of my work leading up to this project.

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