Food for Thought
Among the 3,000 postcards, there is a line drawing of the perfect latticed pie, three limes in a row casting complementary shadows, an aspirational to-do list features a firm ‘don’t eat sugar’, a chocolate Father Christmas lies shrouded in a feather trim, there is a screen-grabbed baked potato, and an upside-down bagel parked on a double yellow line.
A deconstructed banana is ‘split’ into four squares, a photograph of a whole pig’s head is plastic-wrapped and ready for sale, and a toy tea set comes complete with nibbled biscuits.
Elsewhere a drinks can is crushed flat onto the surface of a postcard, a tea cup balances on a cyclist’s head, and traffic-light toned tarts sit seductively on a spotty plate. One statement proclaims the quantity of bacteria on the average kitchen door handle, while another states ‘Ham rug, slung over a wall’, suggestively stoking the imagination. Slabs of sliced cold cuts sit meatily by an incongruous iron, foil-wrapped after-dinner chocolates spill like pound coins from a mannequin’s severed hand, and cherries overflow from a rose-print tea cup.
One series of teeth-marked postcards seems to have provided some sustenance for the artist, bearing the evidence of their bites. In collage, restrained in her domestic corner, a scantily clad woman offers treats from her biscuit tin skirt and cookie headdress. One very thoughtful contributor has even provided a recipe card for Marinated Chicken with Pomegranates, Walnuts and Watercress Salad.
If that has whetted your appetite, don’t miss your chance to pick up a postcard of your own. Saturday 21 March 2015 is sale day – if you’re planning to queue, don’t forget your packed lunch and flask of hot tea.