Scottish/Chinese Mauritian artist Gayle Chong Kwan joined us from London during summer 2014, to work with Deans of Huntly Shortbread factory, developing new artisan shortbread creations as part of the Skills Biennial.
Her project explored the role of archetypes, ideals and waste in food growing, production and consumption. Drawing upon Jules Verne's relationship to Scotland*–upon Jules Verne's connection with otherworldly or fantastical travel, landscape, science fiction and the notion of archetypes. Gayle adopted the role of a traveller to distant and fantastical lands of aesthetic food ideals, non-aesthetic food and notions of waste, to explore notions of archetypes and remains, what is in excess, left over from, seen as superfluous, discarded. She worked with Deans Shortbread and growing communities in Huntly to collect recipes and processes, which use waste ingredients; and to explore how can waste be reduced in domestic, artisanal and factory food production?