Food

THEN

Since 2015, Cherry Truluck has been working towards establishing food production as a site specific process within her artistic practice. Cherry’s practice draws from a heritage of extraordinary female cooks in her mother’s family, who have embedded an understanding of the significance of gifting and sharing food as a way of marking space and time.  It also draws from her own architectural training and subsequent investigations into the (feminist) performance of space through design and performance installation work. This dual understanding of the body as a site of transformation and the performance of space through the production/consumption of food continues to inform Cherry’s artistic and curatorial practice.

These strands of research came together in her recent body of work, Sordid Corners for The Architecture of Anxiety, which saw her create architectural maquettes to fit the corners of her own body.  Initially using traditional model making materials, the work led Cherry to research the potentiality of the female body, leading her to begin working with bread as a model making material. Bread is historically and symbolically tied to the female experience, in terms of domestic labour and the ancient view of the female as the site of metamorphosis (from the goddess Meta).

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NOW

Based in Folkestone, Kent, Cherry works closely with Folkestone Fringe and the Urban Room to expand this concept, enabling a level of social engagement. Through research, foraging and building relationships with local producers and growers, she is interrogating the link between the way we eat and our food sources, gradually revealing a site-specific nature to her work.  Further to this, her work is exploring how space is performed and defined by the action of sharing food.

With her company, East Cliff Kitchen, Cherry has built an audience through her “locavore” pop-up meals and food events.  This has included commissions from The Urban Room to create Gateway Dinners for the Folkestone Triennial, The Ash Project/Kent Downs to join volunteer tree planters and create a woodland lunch for them and ]performance s p a c e[ to create a brunch which responded to Folkestone as a boundary site and has led to a further future commission for the launch of the ]ps[ Dedications (States of WAKE) publication, in which the food will be curated in line with the event – thinking about locality, time & process. Most recently, Cherry was commissioned to create a weekend of food for Normal? Festival of the Brain, based on the idea of ‘Brain Food’. This led to the design of a menu which supported self-care, including dishes designed to relax, destress, push personal boundaries and create new memories, all centred around an idea of mindfulness and conscientious living. “By connecting with the earth you can cultivate a healthy mind and feel calm and connected. Simply planting a seed with intention, or touching soil, can be transformative.” Suze Yalof Schwartz

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FUTURE

SITE WORK:

Cherry has a schedule of collaborations planned with rural operatives and producers including Forager (Chilham, Kent), Kent Downs (AONB) and Little Stour Orchard as well as artists and arts organisations including ]performance s p a c e[, Sheaf & Barley and the Folkestone (Summer) School of Economics.  In these collaborations, Cherry will set up a site kitchen in specific locations and create intimate performative meals in direct contact with the land (or sea) from which the food has been taken.

 

An artist-run food project which disrupts the traditional model of a restaurant, explores food-making as an artistic process and makes the production and enjoyment of extraordinary food accessible to a wider community through a programme of bartering and labour exchange. Established by Cherry Truluck, in partnership with Folkestone Fringe, this will be the first dedicated space for food-based artistic projects in the UK.  The project will have a seasonal programme, with a focus on sharing extraordinary food with the local and visiting community during the warmer months and a programme of artistic residencies and collaborative projects (curated with Madeleine Hodge and Diane Dever) during the rest of the year. Custom will be resident on Folkestone’s newly refurbished Harbour Station.