Elizabeth Willing

Elizabeth Willing (b.1988)

Artist statement

My practice examines gastronomy with an emphasis on the collective experience of food; how and what we eat. Working in both the studio and kitchen I favour confectionary and snack foods as a material to make predominantly sculptural forms as well as utilizing installation, performance and experimental dining events. My interest is in the sensory elements of food; smell, flavour, and material structures, as well as the ideology that accompanies these elements. I work to isolate and recombine these elements of food, to open up new emphasis and directions. The result is a body of work that moves between multisensory experiences, the social or convivial potential of ‘serving’, or considering the political and ethical concerns of humans who are becoming increasingly aware of what they eat. At HIAP I will be researching foraging culture both in Helsinki, and greater Finland.