Thursday, 1 May 2014

Chicken Surprise

Chicken Surprise, Chicken Bones on Board

In 2014 I created a new piece of artwork for the E17 Art Trail called Chicken Surprise.

For the E17 Art Trail I was invited by The E17 Art House to produce a new piece of artwork which explores the theme of Zoology. With this I focused my attention on chicken and the consumption of this zoological animal. I constructed the artwork from discarded chicken bones to reflect the idea that Walthamstow is visually dominated by chicken takeaways, in turn impacting on our visual culture.

Although this piece of artwork is a slight departure from my general theme, the basic premise is the same: collecting discarded materials and turning the objects into art. The reason I decided to explore the use of chicken bones for this exhibition was based on a campaign by my local authority (Waltham Forest which they ran 4 years ago) on the plight of fast food chicken shops.  At the time the Council was concerned about the amount of chicken shops springing up along our high streets and there easy reach of schools. There was obvious issues of concern at the time around healthy eating among young people which coincided with the approach of the Olympic Games. Although the campaign to control the amount of chicken shops in the borough was short lived the greatest irony's was that a branch of Nando's opened its doors to the public in late 2014, in a development approved by the Council. Obviously some chicken shops are better than others, what a surprise.

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