The images from the CONSUMING LANDSCAPES series formally mimic
the way our culture projects its own desires upon the land in order
to justify it's plunder. The 8 foot sculpted eating utensils are
placed in the landscape, photographed, and removed from site. The
photographs are place settings, both literally and figuratively.
The utensils are made out of the same material that is being ravaged
from the site. For instance, in Santa Barbara where the oil derricks
dot the coast, the utensils are made out of coal and oil. The combustible
materials are set ablaze.
The dirt covered table, chairs, and utensils in the exhibition,
placed on a dirt floor, suggest an elemental association between
the earth and the sustenance we draw from it. By placing the dirty
dining table in the center of the cracked mud place setting surrounded
by eating utensils I refer to the notion that we are being consumed
as we consume the landscape. The large eating utensils are a way
of framing the way our culture consumes itself.