Material: porcelain, silver, cotton/ Manufactured by Joris' laboratory / email@example.com
To eat, to vomit and to eat more without the annoyance of a stuffed stomach: It is not a new phenomenon. It was not uncommon for the courtesy of roman civilization (400 until 500 AD) to retreat (while the dinner was at full steam) and vomit in a so-called vommitorium, so that they could finish their feast with reborn appetite. The Romans however only desired to save their appetite but twenty first century man also desires beautiful contours. His obsessions with health and far fetched beauty ideals have to reconcile to excessive eating pleasure. The battle between excess and abstinence does not only lead to diets, liposuction and the use of fat burning apparatus but also to 'logical' excesses of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. All those excesses we have banned to the back doors of our sense of shame. Yet they belong more to our normal way of life then we probably would expect. This porcelain vomit bowl, silver evoker and napkin are a result of our new decadence.
I think this is an interesting perspective (re: new decadence). I enjoy when eating disorders are dealt with in a straightforward manner that pushes the associated feelings of shame and guilt out of the way to leave room for the bare logistics of the matter. The text explanation is insightful, but most likely not from an eating disordered person. I enjoy this, but it also fails to recognize the actual mental disorder of an eating disorder, simply focusing on the physical symptoms. The art piece is successful, in my opinion, because it doesn't include a lot of confusing first-person feelings on the subject (apart from the text on the napkin, which is a bit trite for me). It doesn't try to explain everything about an eating disorder in one piece (which usually gets cluttered and confusing) - it is just a simple representation (symbol?) of eating disorders.
- art by non-ed'ed people (whether this one is or not)
- ed art going mainstream
- ed's being socially accepted (result of our new decadence)
- the representation of eating disorders / symbolism (vomiting, stick thin, only physical symptoms)