I am obsessed with food. From industrial crop production to the mass production of food products, from nutritional content and labeling to food politics and the obesity epidemic, and from advertising to consumption, I am an addict. I love the smell and taste of food, I love making and eating it, and I love unpacking a store-bought treat and indulging my cravings for sweetness. In this series, I turn toward food culture in the U.S. and the appeal of unhealthy foods.
Certain foods are iconic of our culture. They are commonplace in our lives, and have become part of us, part of our national identity. We see and expect to see them in grocery stores, vending machines, lunchboxes, family get-togethers and parties. Many such foods are unhealthy, and often, we either forget or downplay their drawbacks – they consist of empty calories; they are consumable object, rather than nourishment.
As a consumer of these ‘foods’, I understand their allure. Oddly appetizing and satisfying, these ‘foods’ appeal to that which we have evolved to crave – sweet, compact, dense sources of calories. Like so many others, I crave and lust for these ‘foods’, they tempt and seduce me, and I indulge myself, gluttonously and insatiably.
Recently, I began looking more critically at my food, examining the ingredients and nutritional values. With this work, I ask the viewer to see the food as an object, and contemplate the implications of ingesting it.