there’s a reason the old adage: “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” still holds true. We are a culture obsessed with food. Fast food, slow food; it’s not created equal, but it’s equally true that food is fascinating. We spend millions of ad dollars promoting it, millions of dollars consuming it, millions of dollars subsidizing it, and millions of dollars to plastic surgeons to remove its ill-affects. Food and culture permanently co-exist, yet how does one affect the other? And how does our relationship to food translate into our experience of place (where we live, work, play, dream)? Is there a way we can teach new meanings, new conclusions, and new beliefs, which ultimately result in new actions (therefore a new culture) through our everyday menial encounters with a knife and fork?
As a graduate MFA candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I am about to embark on a thorough investigation of food culture, and through design, how we might better understand and experience place (both familiar and unseen).