Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy, & Food

Jennifer Grum
Darhra Williams, Csusm

Abstract

Title:

Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy, & Food

Key words:

Food, Capitalism, Patrichary, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Disorder, Chauvinism, Control, Diet, Bingeing

Abstract:

My poster documents an installation composed of models of food created with a wide range of materials that include, paper, clay, hydra-stone, plaster of Paris, silicone latex, rubber.

Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy & Food was conceived and first developed By Jennifer Grum, with the exhibited installation produced in collaboration with ZARA. The recreated food items, all composed of synthetic materials yet modeled from real food items- are representations of both the cultural and personal. The objects represent so much more than nourishment and are stand-ins for the greed, gluttony, the “fifties housewife syndrome,” eating disorders, and - above all- patriarchy and capitalism. While viewers may not immediately see themselves as eating synthetic food or, for that matter, whole-heartedly swallowing capitalism and patriarchy, we argue that food has embedded meanings for all of us.

Inspired by professional food stylists and pop artists such as Andy Warhol, who took everyday food items and transformed them into iconic artworks, we wanted to saturate the foods that we eat with meanings that they have within society and for individuals. As women and artists, we recognize that no emotion or action emerges by itself and there are all kinds of forces going on in the background. Food is no different: a table covered with food carries meaning. In a society where we are bombarded with diet ads, we are also served giant portions in restaurants. We consistently eat food that is harming us. The force behind this is capitalism, and the resulting profit is literally killing people. We encourage viewers to think critically about their relationship with and to food and to consider how that is affected by societal forces.

 
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Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy, & Food

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Title:

Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy, & Food

Key words:

Food, Capitalism, Patrichary, Eating Disorders, Feminism, Disorder, Chauvinism, Control, Diet, Bingeing

Abstract:

My poster documents an installation composed of models of food created with a wide range of materials that include, paper, clay, hydra-stone, plaster of Paris, silicone latex, rubber.

Disordered Eating: Capitalism, Patriarchy & Food was conceived and first developed By Jennifer Grum, with the exhibited installation produced in collaboration with ZARA. The recreated food items, all composed of synthetic materials yet modeled from real food items- are representations of both the cultural and personal. The objects represent so much more than nourishment and are stand-ins for the greed, gluttony, the “fifties housewife syndrome,” eating disorders, and - above all- patriarchy and capitalism. While viewers may not immediately see themselves as eating synthetic food or, for that matter, whole-heartedly swallowing capitalism and patriarchy, we argue that food has embedded meanings for all of us.

Inspired by professional food stylists and pop artists such as Andy Warhol, who took everyday food items and transformed them into iconic artworks, we wanted to saturate the foods that we eat with meanings that they have within society and for individuals. As women and artists, we recognize that no emotion or action emerges by itself and there are all kinds of forces going on in the background. Food is no different: a table covered with food carries meaning. In a society where we are bombarded with diet ads, we are also served giant portions in restaurants. We consistently eat food that is harming us. The force behind this is capitalism, and the resulting profit is literally killing people. We encourage viewers to think critically about their relationship with and to food and to consider how that is affected by societal forces.