VeganMoFo, Day 21: Snack attack!

October 21st, 2009 7:01 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Many, many years ago – back when the show was still “innovative” and “popular” – a designer on TLC’s Trading Spaces pulled a grotesque and speciesist stunt. Genevieve (Gorder), tasked with redecorating a kitchen, created some “artwork” by raiding the family’s fridge in search of decomposing animal corpses, posing the “meat” products in various “comical” positions, and photographing and framing the result (“meat people”). Cue laugh track.

Granted, the bit was rather inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but to me, the utter pointlessness of Gorder’s actions made them that much more offensive. It’s bad enough that cows, pigs, chickens and other farmed animals suffered and died in order to feed humans who could just as easily subsist on a plant-based diet; worse still that their corpses were mocked, ridiculed, and then wasted further. (There’s no way that “meat” went back into the fridge after being handled under hot camera light for several hours.) It was enough to turn me – then an apolitical vegetarian – off of the show for good. I even fired off a few complain letters to TLC, Trading Spaces and Ms. Gorder herself. I’m still waiting on a reply.

Anyhow. My point in telling this story isn’t to rail against Trading Spaces, but to introduce today’s post – a vegan version of Gorder’s “meat people,” if you will. Fruit and vegetables make for darn shiny fun artwork! Mr. Potato Head is perhaps the most beloved human-vegetable hybrid – (Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to ask my mother if she still has my old family of Potato Heads; methinks they’d look cute on the mantle. But I digress.) – however, he’s only the beginning. There’s life on melon (and lettuce and tomato and eggplant), after all!

Halloween is coming, so it’s only natural that we start the exhibit seasonally, with some Great, big, beautiful pumpkins!

Pumpkin art runs the gamut, from crazy creepy smiley faces:

to scifi geek chic:

and heathen election year pop-aganda:

even Scooby Doo!:

My favorite sub-genre of pumpkin art, though, has got to be the homages to His/Her Noodliness:

Closely related to carved pumpkins, carved watermelons commonly grace buffet tables on cruise ships. These magnificent melons are the tropical cousins (twice removed, natch) of autumnal jack-o-lanterns.

Watermelons rarely go on vacation solo; usually you can find ’em hanging out with fellow fruity foodstuffs, such as cantaloupes and pineapples.

A food of the people, fruit art ranges from the elaborate and professional to the unpretentious and DIY:

Not to be outdone, vegetables make beautiful people, too! In contrast to the fruits’ cruise ship circuit, vegetables seem to be more popular amongst the school and county fair crowds.

In addition to their beauty, produce people are oftentimes edible, too – making them twice as attractive as their once-sentient counterparts!

Got an edible vegan friend? Introduce us in the comments!

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2 Responses to “VeganMoFo, Day 21: Snack attack!”

  1. Shannon Says:

    I don’t have food art; my town, however, does boast an impressive mural/sculpture of our Noodly Master.

  2. Warrior Two Says:

    GAH, I love it! I so want to make a Bootsy Collins pumpkin.

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