Climate-Friendly Protein by Pat Badani, 2015-2016, an edible sculpture & its recipe
My artwork, Climate-Friendly Protein, depicts a meal I created inspired by the global food movement’s rising interest in substituting insects for animal protein. As the largest terrestrial biomass on Earth (and lower in the food chain), insects are considered an alternative source of nutrition: a sustainable food of the future, good for the environment… and delicious, too. This artwork is part of my project Comestible – an unconventional recipe book. Melding together elements ranging from poetry to children’s rhymes to informed psychobabble, recipes like Climate-Friendly Protein are ironic propositions that depart from culinary instructions typically found in “how to” cookbooks. Rather, my texts explore current societal trends over ‘what we eat’ and by organizing my recipes under headings found in pharmaceutical products (Ingredients, Directions, Uses, and Warnings), I imply that food is seen as a "prescription" for health.