The word disgust comes from Old French ‘desgouster’ meaning distaste and is a basic human response when we are faced with something that offends our social or moral mores. I really like the way this connects so directly with the corporeal, the way in which what enters the body, either via the mouth or through the nose, can cause such an uninvited response.
Helen, my curator/collaborator and I have spent this week working on a proposal for a new piece of work connecting food memories and the body. It is somehow of great importance to us both to make the idea of disgust central to the work which we have loosely named ‘The Digesting Project’. This fleshy sample of Helen’s food photography certainly seems to illustrate the point.