Artist Write Up: Christine Chin; Sentient Kitchen, Fleshy Kitchen Accessories

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The moment upon walking into the gallery, it was like a Cronenberg movie come to life. In pictures, that is. It is odd to think that utensils one eats with would share similar qualities. Be it the tooth grinder, the spoon tongues or nipple milk pitcher. They were all disturbingly fascinating. Originally, such a gallery was confusing just as much as it was fascinating. What was the meaning of this? For fun and just because, or for some further message?

Upon further research and finding a website about the gallery, little clues in the description made at least some of the intention clear. It appeared that the artist was poking fun at people and their eating habits.

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For example, the piece above, christened “Shuttling Shakers” apparently features: Mobility for dining convenience, responds to “Pass” commands but that no “Please is accessory and the maintains and enhances cheese favor. Today, at the dinner table, people can be greedy and selfish. Getting whatever they need with the least amount of effort, and the fastest even if this means excluding manners or pleasantries. People want it to be convenient to get what they need. These “Shuttling Shakers”┬átake away the need for any of the expected pleasantries. People would not need to sacrifice the breath to say “please”.

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Another piece, the “Perceptive Sugar Pot” features as a ‘effective dieting tool’ and a non-judgemental gaze. The sugar pot disturbingly stares at the person who is scooping sugar from it. It may not have the ability to say anything but the constant, steady stare weighs heavily upon that person. They want to enjoy what they enjoy – a lot of sugar, or simply something that is sweet but perhaps not very healthy for them. The eye makes the person think twice about how much sugar they scoop out, if any. Perhaps they try to ignore the gaze but eventually they just feel guilty. Trying to justify their reasoning behind getting so much sugar. Essentially, nobodies really watching. Not other humans at least. Either way, the person’s mind tricks them into thinking about the judgement that others would lay upon them. The eye is a simple trick of the mind that would help many lose weight by consuming less sugar. It’s all the silent judgement without the body of a whole actual person.

Overall, these pieces make a joke of how people eat. What they eat. What they put on it. What they may or may not be worried about when it comes to food. A kitchen that is either more convenient or plays upon silent worries and plays mind tricks.

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