Bromide Series I-IV

K11 Art Space, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong S.A.R. (2010) 

To produce each work in the series, I purchased all of the food I consumed over the course of a 24-hour period in duplicate. Duplicate items were then utilized as material to create intricate (though admittedly opaque) dioramas of notable events which took place during the day in which their doppelgangers were consumed. Four of these dioramas are presented as landscapes, focusing attention on the subtler functions of food in our daily lives. No longer serving as simple sustenance, the foods we eat are metonyms for social contracts entered into (having coffee, drinking beer, grabbing a slice of pie), contexts for gathering together (ice cream social, pizza party, barbecue), affective states (bucket of fried chicken, chocolate cake, all-you-can-eat buffet), and even identity (vegetable medley, matzo ball soup, meat and potatoes, wine and cheese, cheese and crackers, macaroni and cheese). While the resulting images are narrative, the stories that they tell are grounded in the literal /stuff/ with which and through which the overriding stories are constructed.