2000 Licks. 2014. Maiswürmer (Corn worms) connected with saliva. 45x30x30 and 40x35x25cm. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.
Empty Inside is a new exhibition by Brisbane-based visual artist Elizabeth Willing. This exhibition is a continuation of her ongoing use of food as subject and medium, in order to materially explore the way food functions as a site of collective experience. Empty Inside draws a connection between processed snack food and packaging materials. Here, Willing considers the manufacture, transportation and consumption of products that are devoid of a use-value beyond their function as commodities. Performative methods of production, such as the use of saliva as an adhesive in the sculptures, imbues these mass produced foods with personal lived experience.
Elizabeth Willing’s practice utilises various types of food as a subject and medium, in order to materially think through the way food functions as a site of collective experience. Willing has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Dry (Tolarno Galleries, 2018 Melbourne Art Fair), Impossible Guest (New England Regional Art Museum) and Guava Season (Tolarno Galleries). She has undertaken several residencies, which include the New England Regional Art Gallery, HIAP Helsinki International Art Program and Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien residency. Willing is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology.
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