Geraldine McConachie (she/her)
My current work addresses themes of grief, childhood and food through personifying my coping mechanisms, which is the comfort found in food. I make enlarged sculptural versions of my comfort foods, particularly food my late dad would have given me and my sister, and I place the sculptures in comfortable, vulnerable positions. Through doing this I believe I am comforting and protecting the thing that protects me from my grief, whilst also creating humour to hide my sadness, through the absurdity of food in places it wouldn’t normally be.
The materials I use are important to me as they remind me of a time of innocence, naivety and play. I intend to capture small snippets of life in sculptural installation and through the lens of the camera to act as a celebration of the ordinary, everyday life, an insight into overwhelming grief and the use of food to combat and comfort that. The relationship I have with food can be dictated by the toxicity of diet culture, but through making this work my aims are to act as a therapeutic release from the recent loss of my dad and food and body shame.
Red jelly sculpture sits on toilet. Pictured in artists home and The Wash House, Barrowlands.
It’s Been A Waffle Day (2021)
Potato Waffle sculpture sits in bath. Pictured in The Wash House, Barrowlands.
Girls Day Out (2021)
Egg and beans sculpture at a picnic. Pictured in The Briggait, Glasgow.
Slice Up Your Life (2021)
Pizza sculpture on a green armchair. Picture in The Briggait, Glasgow.
Breakfast In Bed (2020)
Sausage and egg in bed. Pictured in artists home.
99 Rote Gelees (2021)
Jelly sculpture at the beach with ice cream cone. Pictured at Irvine beach.