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Autumn Moon Over Potato Blossom Mountain

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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The latest instalment of the Absolutely Famished project curated by the Carlton Connect Initiative (CCI), whose charter is to imagine the future of food in the 22nd Century marketplace, is an artwork by the Hotham Street Ladies.

Titled Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain, and inspired by a 2013 viral image of South Korean teenagers throwing a 'potato party' in response to a McDonalds French fry discount, the artwork references the excessive consumption inherent in the images of French fries piled across the table. It also addresses traditional food cultures, which are being eroded by Western fast food.

Autumn Moon Over Potato Blossom Mountain
The unique artwork created by The Hotham Street Ladies to highlight excessive consumption and the erosion of our food culture


The Hotham Street Ladies have used icing fondant, royal icing, icing sugar and food dye to create a mountain landscape of fries, sauce, nuggets and burgers, juxtaposing this contemporary food phenomenon with the traditional Korean "true-view" landscape painting movement. This was a movement in which Korean artists focused on a unique style, reflective of their cultural identity and environment, and independent of Chinese traditions.

Dr Renee Beale, curator of Absolutely Famished said: "From a culture of overconsumption and diet related disease on one hand to climate change and population induced poverty and food insecurity on the other, Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain provides a narrative through which to discuss future solutions to our vexing food challenges."

The exhibition opening took place on 13th October, to coincide with International Failure Day, a day on which people are invited to celebrate their shortcomings and failures, share experiences and promote the understanding of failure as a learning experience.

Creators of the artwork, The Hotham Street Ladies, are a group of five women (Cassandra Chilton, Molly O'Shaughnessy, Sarah Parkes, Caroline Price and Lyndal Walker) who at one time lived in a share house in Collingwood. Much of their inspiration is drawn from this experience, using their mutual love of food generally, and cakes in particular, to make social commentary in a way that is accessible to a wide audience.

Autumn Moon Over Potato Blossom Mountain
The Hotham Street Ladies


Absolutely Famished: Autumn Moon over Potato Blossom Mountain is on display from 13th October to 4th November 2016 , at the LAB-14 Gallery, 700 Swanston St, Carlton.

The gallery is open from 9am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 9am to 6pm on Wednesday (closed on weekends). Admission is FREE. Click here for more information about the exhibition.
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Why? Check out this unique artwork-as-social-commentary created by The Hotham Street Ladies
When: Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm; Wednesday 9am-6pm (closed weekends)
Where: LAB-14 Gallery, 700 Swanston St, Carlton
Cost: FREE
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Oh my goodness, this sounds faabulous! Just my cup of tea/ or plate of non french fries, and such a gorgeous, fun loving, inspirational group of women. Love the idea of International Failure Day. Great post, thanks for sharing it.
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