Jessie Flood-Paddock’s sculptures explore the emotional exchange value of objects. Her series Snacks was initially sparked by the artist reading a conversation between writers David Lipsky and David Foster Wallace, which is recounted in Lipsky’s memoir of his friend, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. Here, the two men discuss the role of snacks as a social lubricant, noting the way people may gather around a bowl of nuts at a party. Flood-Paddock’s works take inspiration from Japanese peanut crackers: assorted nobbled pieces in a colourful palette of varied greens, oranges, whites and reds. She notes how small black strips of seaweed, applied at random intervals, may resemble facial features when they are turned upside down. Constructed from silk, dip-dyed cotton, resin and paint, the works sit atop plinths, delectable outsized morsels waiting to be picked and a focal point to ease social awkwardness.
- Artwork Details: 39 x 24 x 24cm
- Material description: Dip dyed cotton, epoxy resin, Jesmonite, spray paint
- Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist and Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate
- Accession number: ACC7/2019