Gluttony

Gluttony

Rowan Flint

Gluttony is a complex idea. Often linked to greed, pride and lust, we have developed a paradoxical relationship with our gluttony. Once worthy of a spot in Hieronymous Bosh's tortured vision of Hell, today we both revere and fear the rituals and consequences of gluttony. In this work, I have tried to explore our clashing expectations of this historically branded sin. We are obsessed with food, its consumption, taste, status, uniqueness, history, health benefit, aesthetic; affordability. We have online communities eroticising cheese because our vocabulary of food has evolved to simultaneously tantalise, empower, shame and ostracise. Our gluttony is linked to our body image, perceived power, self-worth and living standards. We cycle through a never-ending barrage of visual communication, advertisement and daily judgement, global communication pumping grease in to the cogs of an ever hungry public. I made this piece in response to hearing a tragic account of an eating disorder and it opened my eyes to the consequences of our gluttony. I felt I had to capture the chaotic threads of vast, bizarre conversation around gluttony in a print. So I indulged in hybridised print techniques - photopolymer etching and solvent transfer - to overlay a collaged figure with a narrative of gluttony itself. A figure with a gauge pressure head, lava skin and a suggestive fried egg emerging from beneath the scratchy surface of bellies, featureless faces, thinspiration and the stereotype of a glutton. 

Print on Paper, part of series: Seven of the Deadliest.

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