The Origins explores how food can bring people and cultures together. Sharing recipes and foods is something which happens across the world. In an attempt to show how much we have shared, I researched into the origins of various foods. In doing this, it is clear that what we thought native to our country has indeed come from all over the world. One food stuff from each of the continents has been focused on (with the obvious exception of Antarctica). To accompany the foods, an object is added to indicate the relevant continent.
As a way of being recognised, aesthetically, I composed the images in a renaissance style. This was juxtaposed by a modern form of printing, on aluminium dibond.
Overall, this is a study of the movement and sharing of cultures, the connection people have by what they eat.
Maize originated in the Americas. Archaeologists have found prehistoric traces of maize-like pollen in the Mexico City area dating from about 70,000 years ago.
The first tomatoes evolved in prehistoric times on the arid west coast of South America.
Beetroot grew just above the high-tide mark on bare sand or shingle and even out of old sea walls, around the temperate coasts of Europe.
Grapevines emerged from Africa two million years ago and grew in the open.
Apples originated millions of years ago in the area between the Black and Caspian seas, just south of the Caucasus mountains.
The story of the macadamia began millions of years ago, in the rainforest along the north east coast of Australia.