Hoarding Food

By Sydney Cash | December 3, 2020

In March, at the beginning of the pandemic, I felt a strong urge in my bones to start hoarding food. As I contemplated the packages holding the food that would feed us in a time of need, their design and meaning became more interesting to me. I began working with my empty paper food cartons…painting on, collaging on, and reconfiguring them.

I developed a relationship with a carton manufacturer. They sent me flat unprinted, embossed carton blanks. I now had “white paper” shapes to draw on, which would fold into actual cartons. Next, I began drawing on Bristol board. I made simple cubic volumes with it and built structure with the volumes. Onto some of the cubic volumes I glued pieces of my old pattern paintings on paper.




A thought occurred to put thin double-faced mirrors between the layers of the structure, reflecting the volume above and below. These architectural constructs, with an illusionary component, were quite satisfying. I had moved beyond a sense of food containers into the realm of personal vision.






Copyright ©2020 Sydney Cash


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  1. C. J. Lori on December 5, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    These are great! Whimsical and beautiful, thank you.

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