My interest in physical and psychological boundaries drives me to use food in an exploration of the abject as sites of crisis and trauma. The altered food’s new state brings the viewer to tension in an otherwise familiar scenario. The layers of a pastry are torn and pulled apart to reveal foreign flesh-like qualities. Strawberries are roughly sliced and crushed to the point they start to lose form, juice oozing and pooling on a worn wooden cutting board. Cheese is covered in plastic wrap and smeared across a table. The wounded and violated food objects become simultaneously foreign/familiar and repulsive/attractive, evoking a latent primal desire to reject what is necessary to sustain and engaging viewers in the process of abjection, meaning the visceral response when confronted with trauma and damage of the bodily envelope.
30x40 C-Prints, 2010