The Times Powerpoint
While we are throwing away bottles of pop and avoiding hidden sugars in the quest to tackle the obesity crisis, others are using art to deal with their rampant sweet issues. The photographer James Ostrer, a self-confessed sugar addict, has covered his subjects, including himself, in layers of sweets, buns, crisps, chocolate and cakes for his latest photographic study, Wotsit All About?
He starts by mixing cream cheese with artificial colouring, which he then smears over his subjects, before adding the junk food. A full body can take up to one hour to finish, the face only about 30 minutes. He has to plan ahead meticulously, making the adornments in advance, because there is only a certain amount of time the food will stay looking perfect before it falls off the subject or, if it’s ice cream, melts.
“I wanted to engulf myself in sugary foods hoping that by doing this, I wouldn’t be attracted to them anymore,” says Ostrer. “I thought the project would cure me. It did create a sense of detachment between me and the item as a consumable, but now that the show is hung, I have removed the vast boxes of junk food from my studio, so that I don’t binge.”