I'm working on my ‘Spice Ship’ with sails of recipes at the moment, when finished it will be piled much higher with cinnamon and pull nets with pepper and cloves. This will be part of ‘Fleet’ my installation in the Boundless: Transitions exhibition. The sails of the ship are covered in 15th century European recipes that uses cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pepper and cloves - they were worth their weight in gold as the Portuguese opened up the maritime trade routes. Much as this benefitted wealthy Europeans who enjoyed food that tasted much more interesting and delicious, European adventurers predated on their trading partners and were quick to see the opportunity of expanding into the Slave trade and causing centuries of misery and exploitation. 'Sugar and spice and all things nice' goes the nursery rhyme - no so much though.....
The ship measures 66cm x 56cm x 11cm.
Fion Gunn July 2023