The objects in Celebrate suggest aberrant relationships to consumerism through methods of condensation and transformation of materials.
The Blancmange Dentata photographs were made in response to written entries
on ‘thinspiration’ and ‘pro-anorexia’ websites, in which anorexics describe the temptation of food and attempts to suppress the desire to eat. The photographs suggest consumption is both threatening and appealing – although the food is a biting mouth, it is also soft and unable to cause injury.
The Tea Party photographs are my response to research into the visualisation
of food in eating disorders. Commonly anorexics imagine food drained of colour
and aroma to help suppress desire. In both photographs the food is inedible, eradicating its value as food. In the white photograph the food is made of the
same porcelain as the containers, raising the food to the status of a crafted and delicate object. In the grey photograph the object is made of concrete, a common, inexpensive material. The different materials evoke the shifting status of food in the lives of eating disorder sufferers, in turn object of disgust and obsession. Food to be consumed is turned into petrified matter.
Night Feeder refers to the case of Sarah Jacob, the nineteenth century ‘Welsh Fasting Girl’. Sarah was heralded as a miraculous saint. She lived at the advent of medical empiricism. Doctors decided to test her miraculous devotion by observing her closely over the course of eight days during which she starved to death. She was later labelled a hysterical night feeder.
Scales considers the social stigma attached to being fat and the medicalisation
of the overweight body. The photographs were produced for a series of advertising posters displayed in Cardiff City center in January 2015. I wanted to draw attention to the abrupt shift in advertising rhetoric once the Christmas and New Year period is over. The images in the posters allude to the excesses of the holiday period that are often followed by self-recriminations and sometimes lead to diets and even surgery.