Cornucopia (meaning Horn of Plenty) profiles works by established and early career artists who utilise food and flora as an artistic medium or point of departure. A multidisciplinary and trans-historical show, the exhibition teases out strands of investigation around the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its metaphoric potential, socio-cultural uses and representation within art history.

Food, and its ethics, are very much topics of our time. What we consume, how it’s produced, and how it arrives at our table are realities of our every-day lives. Cornucopia touches on many of these themes: from food miles and sustainability to famine, genetic modification and the consequences of globalised production. The exhibition also explores cultural and religious food traditions and the significance of certain ingredients such as olive oil and salt. Located in regional Victoria, SAM also celebrates those marvellous Australian institutions such as the Country Woman’s Association and their pursuit of the perfect asparagus roll and cup of tea.

The artists featured in Cornucopia include:
Lauren Berkowitz (AU),
Julie Crouan (AU), 
A Centre for Everything (AU),
Gabrielle de Vietri (AU), 
Julia deVille (NZ/AU),
Mishka Henner (UK),
The Hotham Street Ladies (AU),
Georgie Mattingley (AU),
Patricia Piccinini (AU),
Kenny Pittock (AU),
Sam Taylor-Johnson (UK),
Kawita Vatanajyankur (THA),
Claire Anna Watson (AU) and
Andy Warhol (USA).

Curator: Anna Briers

Exhibition Dates:
Saturday 27 February to Sunday 22 May 2016

 Official Opening:
Saturday 27 February 2016


Image: Kawita Vatanajyankur, The Squeezers [still], 2015 single channel HD video, 2min 35sec, courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney © the artist