Thursday, April 3, 2014

Documenting and Discussing Food and Art

We recently received correspondence from Ellen Mueller, Art Department Chair at West Virginia Wesleyan College, who is planning a CAA conference panel discussion:  Food and Art.  

“This panel seeks submissions that address occurrences at the intersection of food and art. Food, and ideas surrounding the subject, have recently been spotlighted in exhibitions such as Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art (2012) at The University of Chicago; Consumed: Nourishment and Indulgence (2013) at Bowling Green State University; and Sugar, Sugar (2013) at Brenda May Gallery. 

Mueller's panel will survey a sampling of the origins, influences, theories, processes, and manifestations of art connected with food, either conceptually or materialistically. Topics of investigation could include, but are not limited to, the physical and emotional sense of taste, epicureanism, plating/presentation/aesthetics, scarcity & abundance, social functions and rituals associated with food, growth & decay, food as comfort, indulgence/restraint, processed food, the physical process of eating and digesting food, sexual associations, economics, and packaging & advertising. 
The sweet images below are from Sugar, Sugar and resonate with own experiments in landscape and portraiture.

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