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  Chocolate letters on cooling rack.

Chocolate letters on cooling rack.

 

             

                

                "Photo Binge" began as seven large-scale digital 
collages displayed in lightboxes that are typically used for 
advertisements (ironically they were discarded and replaced with thinner
 ones). This title mirrors my state of mind while photographing - an 
impulsive, out of control state that arises from similar rituals like 
binge eating, smoking, speeding, drinking, and shopping. I chose sports 
related backgrounds as a reference to bone, sweat, desire, 
spectatorship, competition, achievement and the repetition of 
continually judging, evaluating and comparing. The work satirizes an 
urban, commodity driven culture that focuses on food, health, nutrition,
 beauty and the surface of things. The work was also on display through 
LA's Metro Art Public Art Lightbox Program: 
http://www.metro.net/news/simple_pr/metro-art-unveils-new-photo-installation-downtown-/.

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A Colorful Dish is a Balanced Dish, 46x108", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

A Colorful Dish is a Balanced Dish, 46x108", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

"A colorful dish is a balanced dish" is a saying the counselor stressed in a "Conscious Eating" workshop I attended.  I created the two-headed passive/aggressive woman doing push-ups, the cow-woman doing leg lifts (she is also in the cow yoga pose), the elephant girl who power walks backwards on the treadmill, the egg-breasted girl, Big Bertha on the lift, the strong lady who holds up the world, and the ballerinesque watermelon-girl.

Juggling donuts and balancing on the fine line of the vacuum-tube tightrope, the exercise pole swallower and a classic blonde ringmaster were all basic ingredients I added to complete my circus.  Circus-goers can play the wheel of food, take an endless cycle on the oversized hamster wheel, get their fantasy-faces painted by a certified cosmetician, see if they weigh in on the Honest Scale, crawl through the Big Cheese, and test their eyes to see if they are ugly—just as long as they watch their step.

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High Performance, 44x118", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

High Performance, 44x118", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Bone, sweat, desire, spectatorship, competition, achievement... 

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Golf and Games, 46x92", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Golf and Games, 46x92", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

When breast implants, or any foreign object including artificial joints, are placed into the body, the body forms a lining around it.  This lining is formed by living tissue and is termed "capsule contracture," the most common complication of breast augmentation surgery.  Surgeons have referred to this contracture as being doorknob-like.  The main character in "Golf and Games", who has door-knob breasts, is wearing a Victoria Secret’s seamless tank in soft, high-tech nylon/Lycra microfiber and performs a breast enhancing exercise in Nike full stretch polyester brief lined shorts.  The janitor to the left holds a brass MIT dorm doorknob plaque up to her—the doorknob affect is a term used in psychological treatment when questions and thoughts emerge as the patient is just about to leave the office.  These questions and thoughts are really a last second, desperate attempt for relief.  The girl is adorned with coral jewelry, and it refers to Robert Barefoot and Coral Calcium.  Coral Calcium has been proven beneficial for weight loss, cancer, joint pain, heart disease, high cholesterol, muscle cramps, kidney stones, indigestion, allergies, headaches, and much more! (Hours of coral calcium infomercials were broadcasting while I made this work early into the mornings). 

 

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"Waddle Pool"—a vacuum psychodrama, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

"Waddle Pool"—a vacuum psychodrama, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

vac·u·um           

1. a. Absence of matter. 
    b. A space empty of matter.
    c. A space in which the pressure is significantly lower  than atmospheric pressure.           
2. A state of emptiness; a void.           
3. A state of being sealed off from external or environmental influences; isolation.

The liposuction machine only takes quarters- conveniently you can get change from the women circling the pool or from a booth located on the South side of the pool.

 

Warehoused, 46x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Warehoused, 46x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

To be warehoused—to institutionalize (people) in usually deficient housing and in conditions in which medical, educational, psychiatric, and social services are below par or absent.

Most of these "Warehoused" models are from a Conscious Eating workshop I attended at the Kripalu Yoga Center. And while they do have their own insulation, they are well larded with mats and foam.  Speakers are placed for those who do not have their own voice.  The Wilton instructor plans on decorating Lady Godiva with a blood-like candy-filled cream, and a truck above sucks out their bony remains and grinds them up and takes them away.  In a Chinese Banquet, the pig’s head is pointed toward the honored guest; here it is pointed to the peepitrator. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door leads to the outside arena, and an anesthesia and pasteurization machine provide psychological immunity to those who cannot empower themselves and transcend their desires with their own will-power.  See these gladiators sacrifice their bodies for our entertainment as their body and mind suffers.

 

Digestion Begins through the Eyes, 46x34", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Digestion Begins through the Eyes, 46x34", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

This is a perfect gorge if you’ve got hypokalemia, malnutrition or intestinal ulcers and want to lose time, effort, money, self-esteem, and electrolytes. Here you can feel weak, tired, dizzy, slow down your irregular pulse, and re-energize your lazy colons.  In addition, you can cause a dramatic shift to your identity by riding the mood swings or by taking a soothing bath in the lithium-rich water. The K line, the potassium tourist bus, arrives early in the morning and leaves right after dinnertime.  Purge by vomiting, laxatives, water pills, or excessive exercise but do not worry about lines for the bathrooms—as the divers are free to get disgusted with themselves, keep their behavior a secret, and be excessive in private at facilities located all over the park.

Batter Up, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Batter Up, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

"Batter UP" and experience love at first bite; welcome to the land of love where enough is never enough as you're never full, satisfied or complete. Accompanied by physical and emotional distress, here you can consume as many tens of thousands of calories as you want within any two-hour period. Can you hit a home run through all the buffet tables as the pitcher throws you a brownie?   There’s a new Lady of Justice, she works for Prescriptives and is blindfolded with an eye-soothing mask that revives tired eyes and reduces puffiness.  She grips a cake-knife and proudly holds a diet scale that accurately weighs in ounces up to one pound.  Penalty Time is missing three periods, but if you miss yours, just make up a time of the month where you tell people that you have it. 

I think that pig is made of gluten.

 234 images were mounted on the wall - that is the temperature of the softball test for making fudge. The
 images were printed in different cake sizes-ranging from petite loaf at
 2 1/4" by 3 1/2 to full sheet cake size at 16x24.  The 4.5x8.5 images 
were average loaf pan size, or meatloaf size.  

234 images were mounted on the wall - that is the temperature of the softball test for making fudge. The images were printed in different cake sizes-ranging from petite loaf at 2 1/4" by 3 1/2 to full sheet cake size at 16x24.  The 4.5x8.5 images were average loaf pan size, or meatloaf size. 

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 Food coloring inks printed on icing paper,  framed in vacuum formed milk chocolate.

Food coloring inks printed on icing paper,  framed in vacuum formed milk chocolate.

 For the reception, I made 5 pans of different fudges to mimic the cake sized prints: Pistachio, rocky road, cranberry vanilla, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

For the reception, I made 5 pans of different fudges to mimic the cake sized prints: Pistachio, rocky road, cranberry vanilla, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

 The butterflies were made from food coloring inks printed on potato wafer paper.

The butterflies were made from food coloring inks printed on potato wafer paper.

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Chocolate letters on cooling rack.

A Colorful Dish is a Balanced Dish, 46x108", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

"A colorful dish is a balanced dish" is a saying the counselor stressed in a "Conscious Eating" workshop I attended.  I created the two-headed passive/aggressive woman doing push-ups, the cow-woman doing leg lifts (she is also in the cow yoga pose), the elephant girl who power walks backwards on the treadmill, the egg-breasted girl, Big Bertha on the lift, the strong lady who holds up the world, and the ballerinesque watermelon-girl.

Juggling donuts and balancing on the fine line of the vacuum-tube tightrope, the exercise pole swallower and a classic blonde ringmaster were all basic ingredients I added to complete my circus.  Circus-goers can play the wheel of food, take an endless cycle on the oversized hamster wheel, get their fantasy-faces painted by a certified cosmetician, see if they weigh in on the Honest Scale, crawl through the Big Cheese, and test their eyes to see if they are ugly—just as long as they watch their step.

High Performance, 44x118", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

Bone, sweat, desire, spectatorship, competition, achievement... 

Golf and Games, 46x92", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

When breast implants, or any foreign object including artificial joints, are placed into the body, the body forms a lining around it.  This lining is formed by living tissue and is termed "capsule contracture," the most common complication of breast augmentation surgery.  Surgeons have referred to this contracture as being doorknob-like.  The main character in "Golf and Games", who has door-knob breasts, is wearing a Victoria Secret’s seamless tank in soft, high-tech nylon/Lycra microfiber and performs a breast enhancing exercise in Nike full stretch polyester brief lined shorts.  The janitor to the left holds a brass MIT dorm doorknob plaque up to her—the doorknob affect is a term used in psychological treatment when questions and thoughts emerge as the patient is just about to leave the office.  These questions and thoughts are really a last second, desperate attempt for relief.  The girl is adorned with coral jewelry, and it refers to Robert Barefoot and Coral Calcium.  Coral Calcium has been proven beneficial for weight loss, cancer, joint pain, heart disease, high cholesterol, muscle cramps, kidney stones, indigestion, allergies, headaches, and much more! (Hours of coral calcium infomercials were broadcasting while I made this work early into the mornings). 

 

"Waddle Pool"—a vacuum psychodrama, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

vac·u·um           

1. a. Absence of matter. 
    b. A space empty of matter.
    c. A space in which the pressure is significantly lower  than atmospheric pressure.           
2. A state of emptiness; a void.           
3. A state of being sealed off from external or environmental influences; isolation.

The liposuction machine only takes quarters- conveniently you can get change from the women circling the pool or from a booth located on the South side of the pool.

 

Warehoused, 46x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

To be warehoused—to institutionalize (people) in usually deficient housing and in conditions in which medical, educational, psychiatric, and social services are below par or absent.

Most of these "Warehoused" models are from a Conscious Eating workshop I attended at the Kripalu Yoga Center. And while they do have their own insulation, they are well larded with mats and foam.  Speakers are placed for those who do not have their own voice.  The Wilton instructor plans on decorating Lady Godiva with a blood-like candy-filled cream, and a truck above sucks out their bony remains and grinds them up and takes them away.  In a Chinese Banquet, the pig’s head is pointed toward the honored guest; here it is pointed to the peepitrator. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door leads to the outside arena, and an anesthesia and pasteurization machine provide psychological immunity to those who cannot empower themselves and transcend their desires with their own will-power.  See these gladiators sacrifice their bodies for our entertainment as their body and mind suffers.

 

Digestion Begins through the Eyes, 46x34", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

This is a perfect gorge if you’ve got hypokalemia, malnutrition or intestinal ulcers and want to lose time, effort, money, self-esteem, and electrolytes. Here you can feel weak, tired, dizzy, slow down your irregular pulse, and re-energize your lazy colons.  In addition, you can cause a dramatic shift to your identity by riding the mood swings or by taking a soothing bath in the lithium-rich water. The K line, the potassium tourist bus, arrives early in the morning and leaves right after dinnertime.  Purge by vomiting, laxatives, water pills, or excessive exercise but do not worry about lines for the bathrooms—as the divers are free to get disgusted with themselves, keep their behavior a secret, and be excessive in private at facilities located all over the park.

Batter Up, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.

"Batter UP" and experience love at first bite; welcome to the land of love where enough is never enough as you're never full, satisfied or complete. Accompanied by physical and emotional distress, here you can consume as many tens of thousands of calories as you want within any two-hour period. Can you hit a home run through all the buffet tables as the pitcher throws you a brownie?   There’s a new Lady of Justice, she works for Prescriptives and is blindfolded with an eye-soothing mask that revives tired eyes and reduces puffiness.  She grips a cake-knife and proudly holds a diet scale that accurately weighs in ounces up to one pound.  Penalty Time is missing three periods, but if you miss yours, just make up a time of the month where you tell people that you have it. 

I think that pig is made of gluten.

234 images were mounted on the wall - that is the temperature of the softball test for making fudge. The images were printed in different cake sizes-ranging from petite loaf at 2 1/4" by 3 1/2 to full sheet cake size at 16x24.  The 4.5x8.5 images were average loaf pan size, or meatloaf size. 

Food coloring inks printed on icing paper,  framed in vacuum formed milk chocolate.

For the reception, I made 5 pans of different fudges to mimic the cake sized prints: Pistachio, rocky road, cranberry vanilla, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

The butterflies were made from food coloring inks printed on potato wafer paper.

  Chocolate letters on cooling rack.
 

             

                

                "Photo Binge" began as seven large-scale digital 
collages displayed in lightboxes that are typically used for 
advertisements (ironically they were discarded and replaced with thinner
 ones). This title mirrors my state of mind while photographing - an 
impulsive, out of control state that arises from similar rituals like 
binge eating, smoking, speeding, drinking, and shopping. I chose sports 
related backgrounds as a reference to bone, sweat, desire, 
spectatorship, competition, achievement and the repetition of 
continually judging, evaluating and comparing. The work satirizes an 
urban, commodity driven culture that focuses on food, health, nutrition,
 beauty and the surface of things. The work was also on display through 
LA's Metro Art Public Art Lightbox Program: 
http://www.metro.net/news/simple_pr/metro-art-unveils-new-photo-installation-downtown-/.
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A Colorful Dish is a Balanced Dish, 46x108", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
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High Performance, 44x118", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
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Golf and Games, 46x92", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
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"Waddle Pool"—a vacuum psychodrama, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
Warehoused, 46x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
Digestion Begins through the Eyes, 46x34", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
Batter Up, 34x46", scanned Fuji 160/400 film.
 234 images were mounted on the wall - that is the temperature of the softball test for making fudge. The
 images were printed in different cake sizes-ranging from petite loaf at
 2 1/4" by 3 1/2 to full sheet cake size at 16x24.  The 4.5x8.5 images 
were average loaf pan size, or meatloaf size.  
-14.jpg
 Food coloring inks printed on icing paper,  framed in vacuum formed milk chocolate.
 For the reception, I made 5 pans of different fudges to mimic the cake sized prints: Pistachio, rocky road, cranberry vanilla, butterscotch, and peanut butter.
 The butterflies were made from food coloring inks printed on potato wafer paper.
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