DESIRÉ  HOUGH  

 

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BA Vanderbilt University 14'


 

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You Are What You Eat (2015) 

series of 18

PEZ dispensers, clay, and acrylic

PEZ dispensers are icons of popular culture, which demonstrate the prevalent importance of candy in an American child’s diet. Children are frequently rewarded with candy and food, and it’s popularly distributed with plastic, colorful toys. Food has become centralized around aesthetic quality in modern America, which makes food even more enticing—no wonder over-consumption of food is so common. The PEZ dispenser is an ideal mechanism that dispenses multiple versions of someone’s favorite candy, perfect for over-eating. In addition, the PEZ dispenser always has a personality in the form of a cartoon character or animal. The humanization of the toy candy dispenser alludes to the body being a container in which food is stored. The hotdog has replaced the candy to express a traditionally American food item that is enjoyed culturally, on holidays, in group settings, and during special events. The organ-like masses of skin have replaced the characters on top of the dispenser in order to show the internalization of the food and it’s relation to the body. Furthermore, there are hotdogs that are beginning to grow from the skin-tone masses, which visualize the common expression “you are what you eat.”