For these experiments, I used actual fruit, cut in half, to press onto a page. This transferred the ink I put on there onto the paper; this created some varied effects especially when I layered the colours and used a multitude of colours.
I then wanted to use actual fruit juices onto a different piece of fruit. I called this confused fruits to convey the meaning of fruits being manufactured to taste and look different to what they would naturally be. I like the way all these prints turned out.
I started my project with exploring and developing studies of organic and real produce and nature. I was fascinated to find out the multiple ingredients that were composed into one meal or snack. As an audience, we only discover what is advertised to us rather than seeing for ourselves what really goes into making what we eat.
I used natural resources as a focus point for experimenting with a range or media; this is because It was simple enough to replicate to show a contrast between these medias but detailed enough to discover what works best for the different textures.
These are some of my studies which I completed using biro and coloured pencils then transferred those drawings into etching plates to print with.
The keyword ‘consume’ led me to think about the physical action of consuming food, as humans, along with the effects and problems which come alongside it.
As a country and world we never truly look into how we consume and waste our food that’s being grown, produced and sold to us. The food produced for our consumption is grown locally on farms and gardens but also on huge mass production scales which are shipped and transported to our doorsteps. This massive market gives us an opportunity to gain a varied diet in which we may not have without this business but we fail to realise we are wasting much more of this than we should be.
Many people and things are involved in this never ending chain of events; from the farmers growing our crops and only a fraction being consumed by the public, the thousands of animals being slaughtered just to be wasted and our materialistic minds having no realisation on how our waste is affecting the world around us and what good our waste could do to someone else.
In this project, I want to focus on the food waste in which we fail to consume, the food made for us but we reject and the overall review of what needs to be done about this overbearing, dominating problem we are all responsible for.
I began my research with a basic search engine which led me to websites and articles on where we gain our produce from, which countries and what food is being transported. As a country, we receive our food produce from all over the world including countries like Spain, Italy, China, India, Caribbean, USA, New Zealand and much more.
I found these stats to explain the massive reliance we have on the world to feed us: 27 countries accounted for 90% of supply of all food, 24 accounted for 90% of fruit and vegetable supply, 4 accounted for 90% of meat and meat preparation supply, 4 accounted for 90% of dairy product and bird’s egg supply and 11 accounted for 90% of supply of cereals and cereal preparations (including rice).
This means there is a 50% chance that what you’re eating isn’t grown in the UK; 165 countries make up a significant portion of our food imports and the fact we are wasting a huge section of this produce makes it so much worse.
We are all at blame for the extensive amount of waste that’s generated every year; whether that’s the supermarkets and their strict cosmetic standards or the public in their household. It’s estimated that we throw away over 50% of our food in our household- that’s 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year. We have gotten so used to having everything put on a plate for us and anything that we need there for us that we have failed to realise that throwing away the food that’s simply ‘in the way’ is not economically viable.
My future work, for this project, will lead me in the direction of refelcting this problem in my art and experimenting with different styles to convey it in the best possible way.
Recently, I re-discovered my piece I created for one of my GCSE projects labelled Food. I got an A in this specific module.
I experimented with the movement and explosion of food and it’s colour. This was my final piece experiments. I used a mallet and hammer to smash the fruit and used a slow motion cam to catch the moments on film.
I then presented the watermelon on the ground in specific positions to take a few photographs in a still motion. I then used these primary photographs to create a final piece completed with a multitude of media. Oil paints, acrylic, watercolour and melted crayon were all combined to create this final piece.
I loved this project as it allowed my imagination to go crazy and made me go outside of my comfort zone in making a mess, to create a whole new idea that I’ve never done before. I would love to explore the experimentation of destruction to create art in the future.
I attended a cupcake class to learn skills in baking and techniques of how to manipulate icing and decoration to create a masterpiece on top of a cake. I enjoyed doing this so much; it was therapeutic, I learned a great amount and enjoyed creating art in a different form.
This was the second class I’ve attended now, with the first being Christmas themed and this one being the theme of creating intricate, delicate flowers.
I almost didn’t want to eat them afterward!
An old project of mine experimented with food and materials that could replicate the textures and colours which could add realism to my work. I experimented with oil paints, melted wax, acrylic paints and watercolours.
These are a few of the pieces I’m proud of and feel went the best; this is due to the fact the style became mine and unique or realism was captured well through my techniques.