Food can be complicated, though I wish it wasn’t. When I was a kid, food was just fun. Treats were guilt free. There was no shame in having ice cream dripping down my chin. It was a time of blanket forts and getting lost in my imagination. Then diet culture killed my vibe, twisting me into a disordered eating mess. Food devoid of emotion does not deliver contentment. This work supports a future where I have healed my relationship with food and have returned to a personal consumption philosophy of playful indulgence, deep comfort, and joyous celebration.
Pig Out was a collaboration with artist Kara J. Stallings where we transformed a gallery into a domestic living space for two pig characters. This was a project saturated in experimental joy and the exploration of food as a matrix of comfort. Most everything in the gallery was edible or made with food as the primary substrate.
Pig Out. Installation in collaboration with Kara J. Stallings. 2023.
Pig Out. Video, Runtime: 10:18. Part of installation in collaboration with Kara J. Stallings. 2023.
Helps Vestment. Dunkin Donuts napkins, tape, 56”x40”. 2023.
Food is Comfort. Installation. Tarp, fun foam, cellophane, acrylic paint, foam core, blankets, fairy lights. 8’ x 5.5’ x 3’. 2022. It’s a rainy day. Your mom helped you make this cool fort to hang out in. She said you can have as many snacks as you want.
Food is Fun. Paper mache, wire, roller skates, concrete. 6’ x 5.5’ x 2’ 2022. Food doesn’t need to make sense, to add up, to fit. Fit what? Says who? I’m not listening to anyone but myself anymore.
C is for Contradiction. Stoneware, Flocking, Underglaze, Spray Paint, Nail Polish. 13" x 8". 2021.