Jenny McVeigh is an artist specializing in photography. In recent years her work has been focused on investigating the everyday objects that surround us, the unseen and the clutter.
As an artist McVeigh is interested in our relationship with food as individuals and the way we consume food as a society. To investigate these themes, she has created “street food (food I’ve found on the street)” through the practice of walking, finding and collecting. Walking through the city of Glasgow has been a core aspect in McVeigh’s work; throughout the year she has been making photographs of abandoned food found on the street. The traces of a meal or discarded leftovers litter the ground with gross beauty.
As McVeigh’s practice continued, she leaned more towards her interest in the rituals of food; conversations over dinner, quick lunches, the difficulties and trials that can come with eating. She began printing the collected photographs of found food onto adhesive vinyl to a precise, true-to-life scale, using these prints to create plates of food with the background of the street cut away. Exhibited in the group show “MUNDAY”, the plates were hung as decorations; the performative nature of displaying food taken from the pavement on a ceramic canvas celebrating the food and reinstating its former purpose.
McVeigh’s envisioned plan for the degree show was to create a landscape of food exhibited on the floor. The audience, travelling around the space, would share a collective experience of walking and discovering. The act of walking is made immersive through looking down as much as looking up. By doing this, we question food’s journey onto the pavement.