A detail shot of the chocolate plate.
The idea for this installation came about through a humorous chat about casting food. I turned it into reality because the humor of eating body parts cast from food was an idea I couldnt pass up. I partnered up with a friend because I knew this project would take a lot of time that I didnt have. We decided to do bit-size body parts instead of casting large chunks of bodies so the audience could feel every texture with their tongue. Fingers, nose, and ears became our form, and cheese, chocolate and rice became our medium. As we were making each piece of food, we became slightly disgusted with the amount of detail in the food. That was a very desired effect. The body parts we chose are very innocent, but physically eating a body part feeling its shape in your mouth as you bite into it is a very uncomfortable experience. That was the inspiration for our display. We chose to present our food as a normal party table, using very typical plastic partyware. From far away, the table looks very innocent. However, a little closer and you start seeing odd shapes. In reaching distance you realize what forms the food has taken. I like to think of this setup as our own little twisted suburban neighborhood party, where some people may not want to come back, and others may want more. Getting to see viewers reaction to our work was very rewarding. Many chuckled, but were timid to try a bite. Others couldnt wait to dig in. Overall, everybody seemed to find the humor in our installation whether they partook or not, which was our goal.