One Hour and Ten Bucks in a Food Desert
We don't really have anything healthy here--Anonymous
by Mari Ayala, Rachele Krivichi, Jessica Meismer, Sara Sheldon-Rosson, Paul Smirl
As a class project, five artists were given a crisp $10 bill and asked to use it to purchase the healthiest food they could find on foot within the food desert near our college campus in Appleton, Wisconsin. Noodles in various forms made appearances in the artists’ shopping bags along with bananas, dates, juice, a loaf of bread, a peanut butter granola sandwich, and enough fresh ingredients to make several omelets. This book documents a food desert as urban space through digital images and text without preconceptions about how it would all turn out.
We’re collaborative artists and associate professors of art at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin where we teach photography, digital processes, and drawing. Our photographs are in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. We established our art practice in a 19th-century warehouse storefront in downtown Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1989. Subsequently our photographs about existence in Wisconsin have been published in Unmasked & Anonymous: Shimon & Lindemann Consider Portraiture by Lisa Hostetler (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2008), Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self by Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis (Abrams, 2003), Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes by Lyle Rexer (Abrams, 2002), and Wisconsin Then and Now by Nicolette Bromberg (UWPress, 2001).