Play With Your Food

Photographer Christopher Boffoli has been creating unique dioramas for nearly a decade. His models may be small, but the Seattle-based artist says he hopes his work makes people think about some of society’s big issues, particularly concerning food and consumption.

“Usually, the initial reaction to the images in the Big Appetites series is to the humor,” Boffoli says. “People imagine the possibilities of standing next to a towering piece of chocolate cake or an Oreo cookie large enough to serve as a raft, floating in a glass of milk.” That’s OK, he says, “But I hope the deeper effect is to compel the viewer to look more closely at the world around them and to consider deeper truths about our relationship to that which sustains us but also which we crave for comfort.”

One lesson to be drawn from his work is to be careful about what you wish for. “I’ve heard people see these images and say, ‘I wish I could live in a world with oversized patisserie,’” he says. “But the truth is that excess overwhelms us and turns us against what we think we love. Consider an exercise in which we’re presented with the scenario of being on a deserted island and having to choose just one of your favorite foods to eat for the rest of your life. In most cases, the thing we would name would be something of which we would tire quickly.”

Boffoli’s “Big Appetites” series has been exhibited around the world, most recently this summer at Winston Wachter Fine Art in Chelsea, New York City. We thought you’d enjoy these samplings of his work. More can be found at bigappetites.net.

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