Post MFA Work
This work celebrates cooking from scratch and analyzes our food choices. Homemade meals and sit-down family dinners are a thing of the past for many Americans. Processed and convenience foods have practically taken over most peoples daily diet. In a world of fast food and instant meals, I choose the slow way.
I am privileged to have been raised in a family where we sat down to dinner together every night. Holidays were celebrated with special multi-course meals and most importantly we ate three homemade meals on the average day. I embrace these family traditions and carry them on in my family and my artist studio.
I often ponder the concept of Real Food vs. Fake Food. Industrialized and genetically modified food, in particular corn and soy, monopolize the aisles of our grocery stores. High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils have made their way into the bulk of the food being sold to the public with the exception of organic offerings. This food is making people sick and causing irreversible damage in the form of cancer, diabetes and other diseases. I find all of this unsettling and have begun to explore these issues in my visual art.
We have developed a sense of entitlement to our foods and offer less gratitude for the food and where it comes from. Are we more advanced as a society because we are food rich or are we poorer because we have lost our connection with the things we consume?