Food & Art: A sticker for your thoughts

I am excited to begin focusing more on the written aspects of my illustrations, exploring ideas, patterns, and problems regarding our current food system, sustainability, and cultural relationships to food.
As I begin the application process for graduate studies in food systems, I’ve been thinking more and more about the relationship food and art have together, and I want your input!

In many ways, food and art can be seen as opposites. One is essential for survival whereas the other is a frivolous human anomaly. Yet, both food and art are a way of shaping and expressing culture (both national and local). They can declare social status and reflect social trends. They are sensual experiences that evoke emotion and nostalgia. Food representation in art has existed for as long as there has been art, but its representation has changed drastically over time. I want to hear your own experiences with art and food, how you see them fitting together, and what relationship they share. Does my illustration work have an impact on the way you look at food and its production? Do you think art has a role in fixing our broken food system?

Email your responses to thelowlyesculent@gmail.com with your address. All responses will be gifted a thank you card and sticker! 

Forbidden Fruits

The appetite for tropical and Mediterranean crops among Northerners rapidly expanded into culinary obsession over the last 100 or so years. Their wide-scale cultivation is highly destructive to lowland rainforests, and their high demand for water can be obscene. Despite this, many who live outside the habitat range of these foreign fruits think that access to these crops is a right.

Lime (Citrus spp.)

Lime is a mysterious fruit. His name refers to many species within the genus Citrus, which is partly due to the genus’s ease in hybridizing. Species cross with others successfully and make new, often tasty, fruits. His place of origin is also still unclear, though he most likely was born in Indonesia or Southeast Asia before traveling westward in 1000 CE.

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Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis; Ranunculaceae)

A tried and true medicine as well as colorant, Goldenseal is believed to cure ailments as diverse as muscle spasms, infection, cancer, and more. Like many other wild medicinals, Goldenseal has become endangered, her populations never recovering from mid 19th century over harvesting. While it is now illegal to harvest this Buttercup cousin on public land, there is no control of the sale of herbal products made from this herb. Sources must be carefully vetted to ensure sustainability and respect, or one should avoid use altogether 🍃

Turnip (Brassica rapa)

Turnip has been a popular root vegetable in Europe since prehistoric times. The Roman author and naturalist Pliny the Elder even claimed that Turnip’s use “surpassed that of any other plant.” Though still cherished by some today, this has-been Brassica is not the star he used to be.

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