INGA SVALA THORSDÓTTIR, WU SHAN ZHUAN: Vege-Pleasure
In making Vege-pleasure, the artists wished to distance the quotidian products of habitual consumption from bodily experience, making a landscape of them in their home. In arranging their various vegetables still-lifes, the artists had in mind the decreasing bio-diversity available to the average supermarket consumer. "There was a lot of ecological literature behind it," says Thórsdóttir, "but the products used were simply what we could afford. The principle was to imagine that one vegetable could profit from another... that every intercourse among vegetables could be productive, that a life could start from this. If you put a mango with a potato it's like anonymous sex, but it's a forced diversity... various things don't go together, like mango and avocado... It became a process of observing nature, like a scientific experiment, but our results were visual and uncontrolled: the greatest life we had was flies and mold."