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Description : The art piece ‘Soylentgrain’ portrays the message of sustainability (the critical need to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance) by
highlighting thirty-two of the world wildlife funds ’50 Future foods’ that are plant based nutritious, affordable, and accessible foods which have a lower environmental impact than both animal based foods and plant based mono-crops.

If countries such as Australia demand nutritious sustainable plant based proteins that are low impact on the environment, can withstand extreme weather patterns, and farmers, pickers and producers are paid a fair wage, then it’s a win for everyone.

Juxtaposed to the sustainable canned foods listed, the piece also highlights the negative consequences of not moving toward alternate sustainable food sources and land usage. It draws upon the 1966 science fiction novel 'Make Room! Make Room!' by Harry Harrison, and the loosely based 1973 film adaption 'Solent Green' which portrays a dystopian future of dying oceans and year-round humidity due to the greenhouse effect, resulting in suffering from pollution, poverty, overpopulation, euthanasia and depleted resources. Within this dystopian future, the only available edible protein is recycled and repulsive.

Each gold label, lists thirty-two parts of the body as per the Paṭikkūlamanasikāra, a Buddhist meditation. The term roughly translates to 'reflections on repulsiveness (of the body)' and aims to develop mindfulness, concentration and can lead to achieving ‘liberation from suffering’

The piece utilises modern technologies in the form of digital art, to reimagine Andy Warhols’ Campbell's Soup Cans (1962. Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases) which famously appropriated familiar images from consumer culture.

In essence this piece represents the over saturation of consumerism of our land, water, and other natural resources and how we are able to satiate our appetite for natural resources for the better.

Made from recycled wood, paper, and homemade stain.

The thirty-two parts of the body as per the Paṭikkūlamanasikāra are:
1. head hairs (Pali: kesā), 
2. body hairs (lomā),
3. nails (nakhā),
4. teeth (dantā),
5. skin (taco),
6. flesh (maṃsaṃ),
7. tendons (nahāru),
8. bones (aṭṭhi),
9. bone marrow (aṭṭhimiñjaṃ),
10. kidneys (vakkaṃ),
11. heart (hadayaṃ),
12. liver (yakanaṃ),
13. diaphragm (kilomakaṃ),
14. spleen (pihakaṃ),
15. lungs (papphāsaṃ),
16. large intestines (antaṃ),
17. small intestines (antaguṇaṃ),
18. undigested food (udariyaṃ),
19. feces (karīsaṃ),
20. bile (pittaṃ),
21. phlegm (semhaṃ), 
22. pus (pubbo), 
23. blood (lohitaṃ),
24. sweat (sedo),
25. fat (medo),
26. tears (assu),
27. skin-oil (vasā), 
28. saliva (kheḷo),
29. mucus (siṅghānikā),
30. fluid in the joints (lasikā),
31. urine (muttaṃ), and
32. brain (matthaluṅga)

As per the meditation each colour group reflects the arrangement of the body parts in (mostly) natural groups.

NRN # : 000-42678-0134-01

DIMENSIONS : (Height - 114.50 cm X Width - 147.00 cm )

Medium on Base : Other Medium on Hardwood

Genre : Contemporary

Status : Not Currently for Sale Online

PRIZES : West Torrens Art Prize 2020 - Highly Commended

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Copyright : © Michelle Cahill

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