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The language of food and eating within a context of three dimensional still life


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Greenshields, BR 2000 , 'The language of food and eating within a context of three dimensional still life', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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My research project sets out to investigate the
assumption that eating is the most fundamental of
acts, and that food is our most basic requirement.
That the simple truth of these two facts suggests the
connection of every living thing on the planet, each
to the other; and through this network my
connection to every other person in the world.
The place of food at the centre of life explains why it
conveys a host of meanings. Messages are implied in
the presentation of food be it a single slice of carrot
or a partially devoured meal, meaning is layered
upon meaning. The use of food to make art has by
association this same potential. While our consciousness separates us from the
physical world, every day of our lives food connects
us to the cycles of life and matter and is an ever
present reminder of our utter dependence on all
else. Working from the premise that the biological
experience of food consumption is universal, this
research project became an exploration of the
language of food, at least in some of its many
dialects. This project is an exploration of form and
meaning when using food as a primary medium and
as a subject of an art practice. This body of work engages a medium-specific
discourse. It investigates the nature of my
relationship to the material 'food'. For the purposes
of this project food plays a dual role. Normally we
get physical sustenance from food, while art
materials feed our need to express ourselves. My
utilisation covers both contexts, with both being
easily interchangeable.
The specific areas covered are:
- cultural meanings of a meal
- the processes of growth and decay
-bodily knowledge
- staining
- chewing
- metaphor, the use of food to speak of other
- still life and the representation of food
- a visual language of objects as emblems,
that stand in for the human condition. Initially the project was an investigation of the stuff
of food, with my own cultural experience of it as the
subject matter. As I worked with food as a medium
for making art, its wider possibilities both materially
and conceptually slowly became more evident. As
the project matured the work developed into a
closer look at the connection of food and the body. I
started to produce works that imitated the functions
of bodies. Finally the project attempted using food
and eating to identify some of the knowledge of life
we have gained through our bodies. These
outcomes of the research project are demonstrated
in the art works.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Greenshields, BR
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Computer laser optical disc in pocket at back of vol. Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2000.

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