Exhibition: Lunch for the Trades

‘Lunch for the Trades,’ is a sculptural feast by Ruth Downes in which an array of mixed-media ‘lunches’ employ the specific materials and tools of a particular trade. This cafeteria-style spread celebrates the often neglected work of the trades while playing with the language of modern cuisine. There is a huge diversity and unexpected beauty in these materials, a beauty that can transcend their utilitarian function. This sculptural feast also addresses consumption in an age where food is as much about looking as eating. Our obsession with food as entertainment has led to the creation of meals tailor-made to satisfy…

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