05 Jan 2007 • 1,070 views
....... I thought to myself, what shall I do for today's portrait? And it wasn't long before I had decided that I wanted some squashed tomatoes on my face.
I had some organic tomatoes in the fridge, but I'd rather eat those. So with great determination I marched off to the supermarket, through the rain, to find some cheap ones. Though the very cheapest ones were not really tomatoey enough, they were kind of pale and, for the portrait, I felt these tomatoes definitely needed to be classically red. And then there they were, 4 bright red juicey looking tomatoes, on the vine. They looked perfect.
Half the pleasure with these sorts of sculptures is you just have to do it and see how it works out. Its a one-off unless you've got an endless supply of tomatoes to keep re-working it. Plus I have no experience with squashing tomatoes on my face. I had hoped for more inner tomatoe to have glooped all down my face, instead it just dripped a bit. But they've turned out really lovely and red haven't they.
"pleasure in the confusion of boundaries"
Donna Haraway and GM Foods
quote: "The reason for escalating panic is obvious. GM food messes up the purity of natural divisions. To stick a fish gene in a tomato violates the boundaries between species. And it is a step towards the eugenic engineering of humans that will produce a hybrid Frankenstein monster."
quote: "Donna Haraway, author of the radical ‘Cyborg Manifesto’, dissects the genetic debate, from the Flavr Savr tomato to the cancer-programmed lab rat, Oncomouse. She asks the difficult questions, taking us beyond the frozen postures of enthusiasm and protest,
into the ambiguous and unsettling terrain of cyborg hybrids, the spliced new beings who erase the pre-existing categories of ‘human’ and ‘non-human’. George Myerson’s exploration of Haraway’s analysis takes us on a journey of far-ranging controversy, from Greenpeace and Monsanto to genetics, hypercapitalism, World Wide Webs and the dawning of the 21st-century ‘FemaleMan’
plus.... Hybrid embryo work 'under threat'