This is Jesse’s newest buddy, Bim-Bim.
Bim-Bim is made with two types of yarn purchased at Great Balls of Wool in Powell River, BC. He is the first monster I totally finished, though there are many monster body parts lying around our apartment. Hopefully I will have some for sale at Powell River’s Open Air Market in the coming weeks!
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Bim-Bim up close
Jesse and Bim Bim
“Am I eating right?”
We ask ourselves this question all the time.
What is a good diet? What are we supposed to eat?
Supposed to? Are you out of your mind? It’s astounding that we’re even here—an ape-like creature that has domesticated grasses, developed the light-bulb and the locomotive, spread to the corners of the world—cooking, eating, gambling, Skyping, shitting in giant sanitary systems, creating music and visual art, splitting the atom for energy, orbiting the planet in vessels made out of materials extracted from the rock of the earth—and now inquiring, in such ceaseless chatter, about what we’re supposed to be eating… can even there be an answer?
The diet of our species is beyond unusual; even our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, can’t provide us with the clues we need—they don’t share our gastronomic history. Humans have undergone thousands of years’ worth of evolution in the presence of cooked food; no other organism on this earth can say the same. Homo erectus, a long-lost relative of ours, was cooking before the first true human… he’s not around to answer any questions, however, but we have spent millions of dollars analyzing his teeth for different microscopic grooves characteristic of different diets, in our desire to answer this question.
As researchers progressively probe the realm of nutrition, our understanding of a healthy diet is slowly being developed, based on qualitative and quantitative observations. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that the “Food Pyramid”, which we’re encouraged to follow (Be good… eat your burger!), changes every couple of years as we use newfound knowledge to develop diets that (on paper, at least) make us less prone to disease, deficiency, and so on.
“Am I eating right?”
I’m afraid I can’t say. We’re working on it, though, that’s for sure.
For my final work at Sheridan this year, I installed a collection of 3 Tetraminoes on which 16 cups were displayed. They were used to value the vessels as works of art as well as encourage the public to interact with them. “Choose your own cup, there will be one that speaks to you more than another”.
With this work, I wanted the public to start a relationship with the objects in their life, including cups. How does it feel to live WITH your life, rather than solely in it? These cups and display were an exploration of the social aspects of dining and domesticity – what does it mean to be consuming a product and what sort of experience are you partaking in, when using a specific object to aid in your consumption? What objects push us away and which ones intrigue us to hold out our hands and touch? What do you want to put your lips on and what is beautiful, but too peculiar to experience fully?
In the future, I will hopefully make collections of Tetraminoes for customers to “play” with in their own homes; being able to rearrange them, having multiple experiences with each object and contemplate the multiple purposes of a seemingly functional piece.
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