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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We are what we are fed


Here's something you don't see every day: food as political commentary. Eat Me Daily has the story, including an interview with the artist:

Feast For Bush is a series of dishes by Lauren Garfinkel to commemorate the eight years of George W. Bush's presidency, a "legacy that couldn’t possibly fit onto one plate." It's a "feast" of twelve courses in which seemingly innocuous plates of food are transformed into nightmare-scapes examining some of the darkest chapters of the 2000s, including Potatoes Abu Ghraib, Trout a la Waterboard, Heck of a Job Brownie, and Shoe Fly Pie. Chronologically, course by successive course, history unfolds. They're "edible" in that they're sculptural pieces built from food, but the subject matters, at times traumatic, grotesque, and unsavory, make them decidedly inedible. Curious, we just had to get in touch with Lauren Garfinkel to find out what she was thinking.

(Photos courtesy of Lauren Garfinkel, "Feast For Bush.")

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