Why do we eat? What does eating signify for us? Our desire for food can be stimulated through aromas and imagery that cause our mouths to water and our stomachs to grumble. Even without external stimuli, these cravings can arise from the mere thought of it.
In this project, I depict the objective material reality of food as well as its subjective meaning. The mechanisms of the internal digestive system are ubiquitous. We input sustenance into our bodies that are absorbed, processed, and passed through us. Food can also be another experience, however. One that is linked not just to food as fuel, but to food as memory. Through particular dishes, flavors, and processes of cooking, feelings of nostalgia and sentiment are generated, demonstrating why we are able to place meaning on food just as we do with people and places.
FED analyzes the relationship between bodies and food, offering an understanding of the operations for daily function. It also analyzes the relationship between people and food, elaborating on the importance of it, and what it is able to symbolize for each individual.