July 25th, 2014 / 718 Stone Street / Flint, Michigan / https://www.facebook.com/events/305299176315117/
Fruits Of Labor
A Collaborative Print Project Developed by Nathan Dell and Melisa Morgan, with imagery designed by Melisa Morgan / Screen Printed, Edition of 100 / Printed on Site as part of Eat Up at Unusual Operation Operation
(Bottom photo by Thomas Murray Hutchison feat. my #1 print partner)
Fruits of Labor was inspired by time spent nurturing our first garden, investigations into processed food products and new food technologies, and these words written by Michael Pollan: "Our growing distance from any direct, physical engagement with the processes by which the raw stuff of nature gets transformed into a cooked meal is changing our understanding of what food is. Indeed, the idea that food has any connection to nature or human work or imagination is hard to credit when it arrives in a neat package, fully formed. Food becomes just another commodity, an abstraction, and as soon as that happens we become easy prey for corporations selling synthetic versions of the real thing—what I call foodlike substances. We end up trying to nourish ourselves with images. When we no longer have any direct, personal knowledge of how these wonderful creations are made, food will have become completely abstracted from its various contexts: from the labor of human hands, from the natural world of plants and animals, from imagination and culture and community. Indeed, food is already well on its way into the ether of abstraction, toward becoming mere fuel or pure image."