First, you get some food. Then you use a scanning electron microscope that provides an extremely close-up view, similar to medical or scientific illustration. And then, you draw. And draw. And draw. From Raw to Processed.
In diptych form, Minnesota’s Karen Gustafson shows us the elements of raw food presented in the left panel. That same food in a processed form is presented in the right panel. These views represent what the artist calls the topography of the food. This is how food really looks on the surface, and as such it does not represent how food is constructed on a cellular level.
The project is part of Maryland University of Integrated Health’s Nutrition Track, offering a unique approach to study emphasizing the vital and interrelated physiological, socio-cultural, and spiritual roles of food in our lives. Students gain practical skills and apply theory through whole foods cooking labs, practice coaching sessions, case studies, and biochemical assessment, and select an area of concentration in human clinical nutrition, community nutrition education, or herbal medicine.
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