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cooking + photographing Mr. Potato Head ~ exploring American culture + relationships with food

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Epicurious Potato Heads is a curious project created by an epicure (a person who cultivates a refined taste in food and wine). After cooking potato heads I memorialize them by photographing them. I would like to culminate these photographs with recipes into an art cookbook. 

WHAT:

Epicurious Potato Heads is an exploration of American culture and the relationship we have with food. 

HOW:

I anthropomorphize food by cooking potato heads; then I memorialize them by photographing them. 

WHY:

Our anthropomorphic perceptions and ideas influence how we interact with the world.  By ascribing human form and attributes to food we can more easily identify with it.  An emotional bond is created, and a personal relationship evolves between us and what we eat.

Our relationship with food is not only the longest standing relationship in our life, it is also the most complex. Food is much more than a simple fuel. It can be a sin, an escape, a reward, a comfort, or all of these at different times, making a balanced attitude toward food difficult to maintain. In addition to psychological influences, cultural attitudes, religious beliefs, and social expectations also shape the way we feel about what, how, why, when, where, and how much we eat. When we understand what precisely shapes our eating behaviors, we can cultivate a more harmonious relationship with our food.

I invite viewers to become more aware of and actively cultivate a harmonious relationship with the foods they choose to consume. 

POTATO HEAD FRIES
POTATO HEAD FRIES

ABOUT MR. POTATO HEAD:

Mr. Potato Head was born on May 1, 1952.  Mr. Potato Head was invented and developed by George Lerner.  Lerner would often take potatoes from his mother's garden and, using various other fruits and vegetables as facial features, would make dolls with which his younger sisters could play.  The grape-eyed, carrot-nosed, potato-headed dolls became the principal idea behind the toy which would later be manufactured.  The toy was originally produced as separate plastic parts with pushpins that could be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable.  The plastic potato body was not added to the kit until 1964.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

Everyday I will post one food for thought question on my Facebook page. Please join the conversion here.

SWEET POTATO HEAD MUFFINS
SWEET POTATO HEAD MUFFINS

WHAT WILL YOUR BACKING FUND? 

Funds will go toward the completion of this photographic series and the publication of an art cookbook which culminates the photographs with recipes, as well as your great backer rewards and Kickstarter and Amazon Payment fees. 

NOT $1 TO SPARE BUT STILL WANT TO HELP?

Please help promote this project by: (1) telling anyone you think may be interested in becoming a backer about it, (2) posting about it on your favorite social media websites, or (3) any other way you think might help.             THANK YOU!

DELIVERED BEFORE CHRISTMAS

All postcards and 8x10 photo prints will be delivered before Christmas.  

Other backer rewards will be delivered after the completion of the photo series which will allow backers to select their choice of image(s).

If you do NOT want your 8x10 photo print delivered before Christmas because you would rather wait until the photo series is complete to choose your image simply let me know and I will gladly accommodate your request.

THANK YOU! 

Thank you SO much for looking at my Kickstarter project! I appreciate your time and consideration. If you decide to become a backer rest assured I have been working my squishing, squeezing, hugging muscles daily and am looking forward to giving you all of my best love filled hugs as well as the other goodies in your backer bracket!

With gratitude,
Natasha

LINKS:

Website: http://www.natashabacca.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/natashabacca.artist

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/natashabacca

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#/natashabacca

Music: Original Motion Soundtrack by Kurobear

Videography by Annie Cronin

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I have discussed the use of potato heads in art with a lawyer, and I foresee no risks involved with the use of potato heads in my artwork. I am confident in my ability to complete this photographic series; however, this is my first time publishing a book. I feel my biggest challenge will be securing quality printing and making sure the finished product meets my high standards and vision.

I would love to get your thoughts, feedback, and advice along the way. THANK YOU for your support! <3

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