The brief asked all of the artists to document what they ate for a week, and then make a piece to culminating their dietary choices. Nevermind what we ate that week, we wanted to create something edible, interactive, portable, and sweet. Handmade lollipops came immediately to mind as a small, easily shareable object, often a conversation starter, much like a tweet.
On Twitter, the #sweet hashtag is used to describe any number of feelings, from realizing there is a 3-day weekend ahead (excitement) to falling on one’s face (sarcastic) to the taste of a rubicon mango (actually sweet.) We wanted to choose a raw material that was just as versatile - Root Liquor, an artisanal product, seemed like a perfect fit.
|#sweet - before the show|
All of the candy is made from Root Liquor into 3 distinct flavors - Root Float, Maple Root with Sea Salt, and Chili Root.
Additionally, by referencing the language of Twitter, it winks at the contemporary food trend of photographing and tweeting throughout a meal. But much like a “conversation” of retweets on Twitter is no replacement for real conversation, no food photography can replace the physical experience of enjoying the food yourself.
|Maple Root with Sea Salt Lollies|
By inviting viewers to take lollipops with them, we make the digital, physical, the ethereal, concrete. It’s not just a hashtag floating around on the Internet, where the only physical connection to a thing is a click of the mouse (or touchscreen) - it’s a physical object that you can touch, taste, and take with you.
Root Floats, and of course, our delicious Root lollies for dessert.
|The SkimKim Spread.|
|The SkimKim Menu|
|A Proper Root Float|
Until next time..