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Show RCA 2019

Elizabeth Cahill

Show RCA work

Major project:

Let Them Eat Cake!

Sculptural installation.

Info

  • Using the universal imagery of food, or more specifically carbohydrates, my practice follows a process whereby I take form at its very basic and primary state and ask it perform as content. In a deliberate decision to employ very known and recognisable images, I am simulating the way information is delivered to us on a daily basis.

    The imagery concerned formulates my own perverse fascination with foodstuffs and the absurd and grotesque way in which it is advertised and then normalised.

    Removing surface and skins, outlines reveal a pictorial nakedness that have the potential to be manipulated and forced into conversations separate from their backstories. Here, taste and substance become irrelevant parts of pleasure and desire. Things are totalised and so activated into their own frustration and emphasised into becoming uncanny or surreal notions of glamour and excess.

    In this way, my practice is imitating the way in which we understand images through visual response and disrupting it by creating snags and glitches where images do not add up to the whole picture, but instead create something new.

     Moments of the uncanny and moments of rhetoric speak together of the idea of carbohydrates as a staple but also an indulgence of late capitalist excess and adornment that is both glamorous and vulgar.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Work-in-progress Show, RCA, Battersea, 2017; 'Platform', MK Gallery, Milton Keyes, 2017; Free Range, Truman Brewery, 2017
Royal College of Art