How much thought goes into your weekly grocery run? How about cleaning out the fridge? Putting out the bins? Where does your food come from? From the convenience of our urban dwellings, it is easy to overlook the impact our engagement with food has on the planet.
Yet, as the planet increasingly transforms at the hands of humans, we must consider the effects of our everyday behaviours. Climate change is one of the biggest issues we have created, and tackling this is imperative. In Australia each of us waste almost 200 kilograms of edible food every year. Not only is the food itself wasted, but also the precious, finite resources required to produce it.
Through a series of aesthetically engaging and statistically accurate graphic representations of Australia’s food waste, this large-scale print exhibit by artist Anna Bellotti brings food waste to the forefront of contemporary discourse and facilitates communication of scientific research to the urban community. With education comes awareness, and awareness leads to change. Each print is designed to stimulate self-reflection on a particular aspect of food waste.
Individual shifts in attitude towards food are key to reducing our impact on the planet. Collectively, we have an opportunity to use our influence to create positive change.
Anna Bellotti is a textile and graphic artist and recent graduate of UNSW Art+Design. Her work often explores how art can represent human interaction with the built and natural world, and how this can broaden the discourse surrounding global issues.
Opening Night: 7 March, 6-9pm
Exhibition Open: 8-11 March, 10am-6pm