From My Mouth to Yours 2015
Julia Kristeva defines the grotesque as being abject, making us uncomfortable. It relates to the body in a form that reminds us of our own materiality, and we find it uncomfortable because it reminds us of our own human fragility and the inevitability of our own mortality. Society seeks out perfection because of this. I cast pieces of chocolate using molds of gum that I had chewed. The chocolates were presented in a fancy candy box, to denote value, and offered to each viewer for their own consumption. This invited viewers to consume forms that I once partially consumed, bringing them out of their comfortable space and into mine.
Dear Diary 2015
This piece also plays with the grotesque, as casts of my mouth surround a pile of thin paper tape. On the paper tape is a record of everything I ate for a month, also known as a food diary.