EAM @ ART SUPPER | 21.01.15
‘Throughout history, depictions of food have been used by artists as a portal into place, culture and moment. Charting the intangible experiences of a land. Through the water and across the soil, over exotic contours and into nostalgic nooks; we will take you on an ephemeral adventure between food and art’
On Wednesday evening, we had the pleasure of being invited to take part in a wonderful collaboration of food and art in celebration of Singapore Art Week 2015. 500 VIP guests were invited to experience the work of 8 EAM artists in collaboration with top local Chef Matthew Mok from the Rabbit Stash.
The event consisted of 4 themed tables (Nostalgia, Soil, Exotic, Ocean) which combined food and art signifying the theme and ideas that were uniquely Singapore:
This table showed EAM’s interactive piece ‘may we connect you’: a food memory exchange. We gave guests a chance to write down one of their food memories on the back of a circular piece of paper containing a poem by Marc Nair. Whilst they were writing, a thread was tied around the guest’s wrists containing someone else’s food memory. This piece gave guests real insight into each other and into the real memories of food experiences. (artwork by Edible Art Movement, performed by Bernice Lee)
This table also consisted of the beautiful artwork entitled ‘Birdcage Totem’ By Nicola Anthony, which hung in a chocolate tree created by chef Matthew Mok (the Rabbit Stash) and also a customised Chinese chess board which was the base for Matthew’s Kaya toast checkers.
The table was glowing with Singapore’s more exotic foods. With chef Matthew Mok creating a ‘live Rojak’ performance which used local exotic ingredients. The table was brought together by artwork by Vellachi Ganesan consisting of exotic pineapple scented teabags, Poetry by Marc Nair, and a thought provoking and memorable performance by Artist Daniela Beltrani – an artist who uses materials symbolic and heavy with meaning in Singapore.
The food and art on this table had an earthy theme, inspired by the botanical gardens, the wonderful botanical plant-life that exists in Singapore, the smell of rain on the ground, and the sourcing of our food from the soil. The artwork consisted of a performance by Natasha Wei who works with confined spaces, distorted beauty and dreamlike fantasy, presenting the liminal zone between painterly images and live action. This table also featured the incredible egg shell sculpture by Jana Emburey, the artwork represented little pockets of time of food movements that we consume each day, and of spaces that witnessed a life being formed. The Poem entitled ‘Petrichor’ by Marc Nair was written into the edible soil on the table
Inspired by the abundant water in Singapore, the rain, the ocean and the rivers. The sea view or views of the bay represent some of the most iconic images of Singapore. There was also a more subtle theme of the pearl inside the oyster, – the wisdom, the gem, the special something, and the secret that is revealed when you look inside these precious spaces – be it an oyster shell, a street, a home, a park, or a place you explore in Singapore, there is something beautiful, flavourful, and unique hidden inside. This table was brought to life with artwork by Wyn-Lyn Tan, an installation of inked paintings suspended over a composition of mirrored ponds, and poetry by Marc Nair.