Monday, 26 October 2009

Food Glorious Food

A personal project for us to get our teeth stuck into. No brief though, just the one word to start us off: FOOD. Usually I like to rely on a direct starting point for a project so getting started was a bit of a challenge considering the broadness of the topic. I thought about almost every aspect of food; nutrition and science, obesity and anorexia, Christmas and Ramadan, food chains and animals, even cannibalism. After a brainstorm of epic proportions and researching different areas, I became particularly interested in gluttony. The superstitions, stories and ideas from years ago, about this deadly sin, really fascinated me.

Gluttony is the over-indulgence of anything to the point of waste. It is an excessive desire for food and to withhold food from the starved and needy. An obsessive anticipation of meals, the constant eating of delicacies and extravagantly costly foods. It is associated with pigs and the colour orange. The punishment for being gluttonous in life is to be force-fed rats, toads and snakes in hell.

So many artists have looked at the seven deadly sins, from Bosch to Paul Cadmus. More on Bosch later.

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