participatory installation, as part of "Edible Bodies" program at the Glasshouse, Brooklyn, New-York.
white bases, wood cleats, plexiglass sheets, edible : pumpkins, corn, beans, short pastry, brittle.
series of five drawings, 30*40cm.
"Crustology" was developped in residency at the Mothership and at the Glasshouse Artlifelab, in New-York, documented here.
In different domains such as food, anatomy, geology, «La croûte» (the crust) is the part of a soft, fragile material that heals and gets solid in contact with an external element. The crust is ambiguous : it protects as it hides, it raises desire as it might repels, it can evokes curiosity as fear of the unknown.
In collaboration with baker Mary Ellen Muzio, this participatory installation an analogy between food culture and geology, built as a landscape of destruction. The eater is invited to a collective action to discover « what is underneath » by digging, excavating, consuming the multiple crusted piece.
The project is contextualized in the territory of New-York State and its food culture history. The more we dig into the layers, the further we go in this history. The bottom layers recipes (ground and roots) are based on native americans four sisters principle : squashes, corn, beans and sunflowers grew together and were a basis of this food culture. The top layers recipes (rocks and skins) are based on the food culture that is here since the 16th Century, with its pastry tradition.