Kathleen Elliot: Questionable Foods

Dana Gallery: September 7-December 10, 2021

Examining and working with diverse experiences in corporate business and alternative spirituality, cultural commentary and craft technique, Kathleen Elliot produces unique sequences of forms and images designed to prompt fundamental questioning and discovery. Based in San Jose, in California’s Silicon Valley, Elliot draws on her surroundings as well as on her extensive studies in philosophy and linguistics to explore questions of reality, ethics, and the composition of everyday life. She has recently expanded her practice to incorporate mixed-media and collage works addressing the developed world’s problematic relationship with food and the political and financial forces that surround and manipulate it.

“Questionable Foods,” collages and constructions made partly or entirely from packaging become a tool for piercing the field of hyperbole and manipulation that surrounds the relentless marketing of food as a commercial product. Elliot still makes some use of glass but combines and juxtaposes her own flameworked structures and more manufactured-looking commissioned vessels with contemporary food packaging to explore some of the ways in which we are manipulated into consuming physically unhealthy and environmentally harmful products. Using gaudily designed packaging from cereal, candy, and other products, she questions the promise of independence, flexibility, and fun they hold out. What, she asks, are the physical and societal costs of accepting commercial hype and prioritizing convenience over lasting health?

Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

Thumbnail Image Credit: Mixed Fruits, 2018. Glass, recycled food packaging, and artificial sinew, 20 x 29 x 7". 

Opening Reception: September 7 at 5pm, Dana Gallery

Information session & discussion with the Center for Sustainable Environment: October 19 at 11:30am, Hartman Green



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