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Anni Morris

Dunedin, New Zealand

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With the excesses of Christmas eating behind us…perhaps we should start the New Year off thinking a little bit about what we do eat, and how it effects the environment we live in.

I’ve chosen ‘fish’ as the edible food. I wanted to highlight the way man has treated the seas on this planet. The sea has provided us with food, enjoyment, livelihood and wealth for generations. We however treat it with little respect or thought. We pollute, over fish and kill off species with our greed and disregard our actions.

I wanted this artwork to start people thinking about these issues. As this fish meal is slowly eaten it reveals text questioning our actions.

This is an experiment trying something a wee bit different. I liked the idea of working in 3D. My choosen medium is plaster of paris and acrylic paints.

A variety of things were used as moulds. The dish is completely made from plaster of paris. I poured the plaster over the back of a plastic disposable plate, let it harden and then removed the plastic plate.

The large fish was made from a metal fish mould I had in my kitchen. When the ‘fish’ was released from the mould it didn’t have very much surface texture, so I then had the chance to use the sgraffito technique to scratch/carve the plaster surface. I used the point of a sharp steak knife for this, also a large darning needle.

Sgraffito was also used on the peas, to create/carved spherical shapes.
The ‘chips’ were made from cut up kitchen sponges which were laid in a wet mixture of plaster of paris which was left to dry out and then painted.

The various foods were then assembled onto the plaster of paris plate and secured by their bases using fresh thick plaster.

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