Edible if you like
'Edible if you like' is a story of glossy and saturated images with appetising colours and dripping textures, in the abstract of an almost internal world, moist and vibrant. Materialsjuxtapose and blend on a reflective surface. This series of images responds to the intersection of our creative practices exploring food remains and material leftovers, natural and over-natural dimensions of an expanded microcosm.
Photographer _ Rocio Chacon
Stylist/Prop maker_ Solène Riff
Editorial at MOLD Magazine
Our visual appetite constantly asks for the unseen and new image-creation tools facilitate the artificial generation of unreal objects. Often inspired by seemingly natural textures and forms, these new images disconnect from the fascinating world of texture and colour that already exists in natural elements.
The world of food is one of the most fascinating of these natural visual realms, where our synaesthetic perception of the world comes together to desire the taste of a beautiful and indefinable image.
In this project we have looked closely at food, composing abstract images with an unusual appetising message. Offering an alternative concept of beauty, we curated a selection of rubbish materials, food colouring, oil leftovers and fruit remains that we found in our kitchens and studios. All materials were reused, rediscovering another beauty and usage.
This collaboration was born from our common fascination about natural shapes, textures and colours. Both our practices lead us to observe natural materials, food in this project, in close detail, transforming these materials into sculpture-like compositions.
Experimentation was key in the photographic process, while the camera also allowed for the unveiling of details that the bare eye would not recognise.
The starting point was to dive into a micro world of dripping remains sitting on reflective surfaces.We gathered artefacts, we found broken flowers, overgrown garden plants, we met, we composed, we ate, we photographed, we zoomed, we cropped.
Our compositions drastically evolved throughout the day starting with very composed installation to a chaotic dessert. The following images unveiled in this last part of the process.
How does this project shape the future of food?
When used as raw material, ordinary food remains can become quirky visual poetry that is edible, if you like.
Challenging the idea of waste, having a second look at what is not perfect; keeping materialsas long as possible while they mature, decompose, dry out; discovering new perspectives, coming closer, observing all materials and objects in a different way, magnifying their details and discovering the invisible. Finding a lush sensation in the details of what is discarded and unseen; finding visual fascination in daily common food leftovers.
There is endless potential, beauty and taste in remains.
About your practice/studio
Our work looks attentively at fragments of organic material, expanding the perception of these objects, creating new visions in detail and full colour.
Solène is a set designer and multidisciplinary creative, interested in telling stories by creating intricate and detailed installations, sensual and textured artworks, objects and accessories, merging handmade and organic, with a focus on using natural and trashed material.
Rocio’s photographic work looks attentively at fragments of organic material, expanding the perception of these found objects by focusing on simple detail. Through the images, a new dimension of an immediate reality is revealed. The unfolding of these visual studies is the result of foraging in urban or natural spaces. The combination of these foraged objects with other materials, often reflective, shimmering, sparkling, adds an artificial contrast that intensifies the natural qualities. Through these compositions Rocio is interested in exploring the detail and form of bodies, both human and more-than-human, their moving lines, curves, colours and shadows.