“My work on display at the exhibition is a project called face to face. It puts people face to face with the foods that they’re eating, but in a different form. They’re not presented with a chicken nugget, or a sausage, but with the actual animal that it is. I’ve been exploring how we now treat meat as such a commodity.
I’ve been reading a lot of books, there’s one called Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer that has completely influenced my thoughts on meat eating. Before I did the project I was a vegetarian, then I read that book and it further installed in me how strange it is to consume meat.
I chose to take part of animals that are normally discarded, the parts we chop up and throw away, and presented them on plinths as works as art. There’s still a process that’s happening and we’re sort of oblivious to it.
I want my work to influence, and start thinking about it. It’s such a confused subject. We eat a lot of meat, but it’s nice to get people’s thoughts going. They way I’ve presented it allows people to think for themselves and wonder what’s going on, rather than slamming it in their faces, which I think can happen a lot.
The way I’ve lighted it is very flattering. It’s the same way I’d treat a person if I were taking a portrait. I wanted it to come through as being important, not just a piece of rubbish that we’re throwing away.
When it comes towards the end of the course, you’re still given a structure and it’s great, which keeps you motivated. The most important thing to remember is that it’s your project. Take whatever theme you want and run with it.
Towards the end of the year, every few weeks we’d have a meeting where we’d all bring together our work. We could all critique it and discuss what had been going on and, at that point, you knew if everyone understood what your project was about.”