Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth

It is official and you are all welcome to attend:
Bridget Fairbank will defend her project in lieu of thesis Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth Monday, April 3rd, in the Fine Arts Building C Conference room FAC 102 at 4:00 pm. 
 
Eating is both personal and highly political. The cause and effect of purchasing and eating a food item is obscure to a consumer and the repercussions of our choices have consequence. North Americans are individually sanctioning with each bite a harmful industrial food complex, manifest in the myriads of diet-induced illnesses, crippling debt, animal violations, human right infringements, and massive environmental degradation. I use the metaphorical landscapes of food, what sociologists call foodscapes, as a catalyst for making work about the discourses that mediate our relationships with food. This thesis Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth invites you to take action and see the beauty of food, embrace your agency, labor in preparation and invest in enjoyable eating by of means of a terraced vertical garden made of vibrantly painted ceramic tile containing local grown local vegetables, tools for harvesting, a preparation station, dining table and hand crafted plates. I present the actions of gardening: planting. picking, preparing and eating as enjoyable steps towards the reclamation of the food system.
 
Committee Chair: Anna Calluori Holcombe
Committee Members:  Nan Smith, Bethany Taylor, Katerie Gladdys

Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth

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Please join me for “Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth” at UF University Gallery until Friday March 24.

Opening Reception: Thursday March 16, 5:30 -7:30 PM
Artist Talk: Friday March 17, 12-1 PM

This thesis presents gardening, picking food and eating as enjoyable steps towards the reclamation of the food system.

Participants will select and harvest food from the tile based vertical garden with my aid. We will then prepare the items together at the preparation station, talking about the food before us and food in general. Lastly, the participant will choose a plate and sit to dine. These steps are such as to implicate the viewer in a seasonal garden landscape, the labour and bodily engagement of cooking, and a community connection in eating.

Plants, soils and seeds have been dug up from UF Organic Garden Co-OPField and Fork Farm and Gardens ,Swallowtail FarmAlachua County Feed & SeedForage Farm and my home garden.

The Gallery is open:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 4 PM

Enjoy!
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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Foodscapes

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Join me for “Foodscapes: From Seed to Mouth” at UF University Gallery March 14-24.

Opening Reception: Thursday March 16, 5:30 -7:30 PM
Artist Talk: Friday March 17, 12-1 PM

This thesis presents gardening, picking food and eating as enjoyable steps towards the reclamation of the food system.

Participants will select and harvest food from the tile based vertical garden with my aid. We will then prepare the items together at the preparation station, talking about the food before us and food in general. Lastly, the participant will choose a plate and sit to dine. These steps are such as to implicate the viewer in a seasonal garden landscape, the labour and bodily engagement of cooking, and a community connection in eating.

Plants, soils and seeds have been dug up from UF Organic Garden Co-OPField and Fork Farm and Gardens ,Swallowtail FarmAlachua County Feed & Seed and my home garden.

Enjoy!

Foodscapes Back

 

Object: Royal Ontario Museum Tang Tomb Guardian

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Description: The self-confidence and vigour of the Tang dynasty were given three-dimensional form in this magnificent tomb guardian. He embodies also the eclecticism of an age which drew from China’s past and welcomed the foreign. Five hundred years earlier, the doorways of Eastern Han tombs were watched by paintings of leashed dogs and armed guards, and in the Northern Wei beast-bodied spirits and soldiers, larger than their fellows in the tomb, stood watch in pairs. The guardians of Northern Qi and Sui were often placed on a rocky base to enhance their status within the tomb, but they were clearly mortals – grim warriors, realistically portrayed. By the early eighth century, when this figure was made, tomb guardians had become ‘heavenly kings’ dressed in magnificent armour with arms raised high to hold their weapons. This figure wears a helmet crested with a vermilion bird and stands upon a bull. Others trample demons under foot or wear their hair pulled up into a distinctive knot in the fashion of the guardian deities of Buddhism.
Publications: Far Eastern Department, Royal Ontario Museum (1992), Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth: Chinese Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, pl. 81. China Science and Technology Palace Preparatory Committee and the Ontario Science Centre (1982), China: 7000 Years of Discovery, p. 44. Proctor, Patricia (1979), “Royal Ontario Museum, Far Eastern Department: Chinese Ceramics”, Arts of Asia 9, no. 2, pp. 84-105: fig. 23