Consume

consume 

This project was inspired by The Hungry Planet, a book that documents the amount of food and money spent by families all over the world. Considering today’s economy woes I am adjusting my budget. Groceries and dining are the big expenditures. Here in the U.S. and most developed countries, I have access to largest variety of food all year long. This access lead me to begin exploring the cost of out of season eating. The combination of technology and wealth has provided the market and expectation of the availablility of seasonal fruit or vegetables all year long. There are some countries that benefit from exporting food all year round. The unsavory side is the labor practices of harvesting and environmental impact of the transportation.

For "Consume" I took a single dish, the Cobb salad and researched the path(s) of each ingredient from origin to its arrival in New York City. The result is a table installation representing the distance and the carbon impact of each of ingredients of the salads. The installation represents the paths for March. Each week a variation on the Cobb Salad is created depending on the store where the items are purchased. My intent is to explore how my everyday choices could impact beyond my immediate community.

 

This piece is a first step in a bigger project. The the goal of the project is to create a resource where a user chooses a recipe and gets a data visualization of the path and economic cost of easy ingredient. They will get a recommendation of the best time of year to make the dish. Eventually, people will be able to submit their own recipes and create their own geo tagging and tracking for their recipe.

"Consume" was developed in the winter of 2009 in a residency call Wonder Women. The theme for the residency is Money Money Money!


Exhibitions:

WW$: MONEY MONEY MONEY!!
March 13 - April 2, 2009
ABC No Rio
156 Rivington Street, New York, New York 10002

January 29 - February 13, 2010
Lex Leonard Gallery
143 Christopher Columbus Drive, suite 2 , Jersey City, NJ


Dissent

dissent contracts dissent wrap

Dissent looked at nine U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Women's Right where a law was passed by only narrow majority of one. The books are layered with the opposing judges dissenting statements.

I was invited to participate in the 14th Annual Book Arts Symposium at Rutgers University in Newark in 2008. Dessent was in response to the show's theme Resistance.

View process on flickr.

 


Bottled V.2

The plastic bottle is a symbol of controversy It the first worlds it a status symbol of health and wealth paying 1,000 times more than for tap. In third worlds it is a one of the leading causes of pollution. In 2002, approximately 31% of soda bottles were recycled, while only 11% of water bottles are due to lack of deposit required on water bottles. This is shocking when you consider that bottled water is the second most popular beverage to soda.

I created the first iteration of the sculpture to reference the Hudson river waves.

flickr: Bottled V.1

For Bottled V.2, I had the wonderful  the opportunity to collaborate with Jersey City Museum and the students of Jersey City Schools. We worked together to collect over 2000 bottles to create the bottled V.2 installation. The students decided to create a skyline similar to the downtown district.

flickr: Bottled V.2: Installation

flickr: Bottled V.2: Opening

The sculpture was on display at the Jersey City Museum Satellite Sculpture Center at Mack-Cali building on Christopher Columbus Drive in downtown Jersey City. Bottled V.2 ran from January - August 2010.