Last week I experimented with parchment paper and water. How ripping crumpling and submerging the paper would change it. This week I tried to take the idea further.
First, I tried white parchment paper with black trash bags. I did not really like it because the idea was too similar and did not build on last week’s ideas.
Second, I took the parchment paper and lit it on fire. I liked the shapes and how they changed. It showed time and fleetingness and how things don’t last long before they are “trash”. However, I was worried I would get in trouble for lighting things on fire on my balcony. That ended those experiments.
If I had a better place to do this, I would like to expand on this idea. Maybe with a stop motion or some other type of video.
I had two types of parchment paper, white and brown. I preferred the brown because it had a greater variation in brightness.
This project made me think about food. Food has a very short time span where it is edible unless it is packed full of preservatives.
Food can convey happiness and sadness or even a sense of place. However, in the end, all that is left is a dirty plate and the lingering taste of the meal.
Noma in Copenhagen is using foraged Ingredients for the majority of their dishes. I never really thought about it, food is found or readymade art. The cooks transform ingredients into smells, textures and flavors that were not there before.
With further looking, I found that a restaurant called Alinia. Here dinner is more like a performance than a meal. “Art” is created on the table, hearing, taste, sight and touch are all used to consume the meal.
Trying to take my idea from last week further was fun and exciting. I have rarely had an idea that tried it, then later tried to rethink it. It was challenging to think of what I could try next.
I liked how the parchment paper almost formed animal-like shapes in the bushes and grass.
In the end, I think I preferred the images from last week more than this week. They seemed to have more character.