MEDIA: PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
Elizabeth Willing's recent work titled 16 Singles (2014) uses processed cheese to construct a grid on a large sheet of white paper. In selecting the cheese she relates, '[it] jumped out at me in a supermarket here in Berlin because it was sold straight off the shelf, warm, no refrigeration, and that screams "unnatural" and hilarious to me.' According to Willing, this series developed through her considerations and explorations of food acting as a natural adhesive. Like Roth's 'decay art', time is an essential component in the formation of the piece; as the cheese dries out over a number of days, the liquids evaporate and the fats leech out of the cheese causing the paper to pucker and buckle forming a three-dimensional object from a two-dimensional plane.
Collecting and examining these textual/ food works demonstrates the way artists have challenged established artistic canons by incorporating banal and edible materials. Through Stains, Ruscha questioned ideas of painting and printmaking and Willing's 16 Singles employs the natural processes of decomposition to 'sculpt' the paper in uncontrolled ways. Although the neo-avant-garde artists were the first to engage with foodstuffs as a material, contemporary artists are extending their ideas within their own practices.