We’re gonna journey again in time to once I was 12. I went to high school in Compton — I’m an L.A. lady by way of and thru and at present stay in South L.A. I used to be in center faculty, and all my associates and I ate was Scorching Cheetos, and all we drank was Gatorade. That’s simply the way it was. These tremendous big baggage on the grocery retailer? I ate two of these a day. Let’s simply say that it began affecting my well being, and I ended up waking up shivering in the midst of the night time — my mother needed to take me to the ER. I used to be throwing up a bunch of bile. They did lots of ultrasounds and CT scans, they usually couldn’t actually see what was happening, in order that they despatched me dwelling. Identical factor occurred the next day. I bought admitted they usually needed to do an emergency appendicitis, they usually ended up discovering ovarian cysts too. They advised me all of this occurred due to my weight-reduction plan. The horrible factor that I did, as a result of I used to be younger, was ask my docs if I may nonetheless eat Scorching Cheetos as a result of I used to be so hooked on them.
It wasn’t till I began going to CalArts for my MFA, driving forwards and backwards from South L.A. to Santa Clarita, that I began seeing what was accessible for folks in several areas — like grocery shops and the way a lot simpler it’s for some areas to have entry to contemporary, more healthy meals. I observed that lots of the shops round me had been little retailers and little comfort shops, and more healthy meals choices weren’t so accessible. So I began to dive into this subject of meals insecurity and meals deserts. That is the place this undertaking has led me now. What would Jazmín’s meals desert appear like? How can I begin working with these concepts by actually incorporating sweet and speaking concerning the dyes present in these meals which can be dangerous for you?
In among the sculptures, you’ll see mango paletas, after which I’ve some completely different chile candies. These are the candies that I’m most drawn to and those that I used to essentially eat, in addition to those you will discover in my neighborhood.
A few of these paleta sculptures are beginning to disintegrate; they’re beginning to get slimy and melty. My purpose can be to put in this work in an area the place I can see the work deteriorate. Or would the work stay the identical? The juxtaposition with the Cheetos is attention-grabbing — as a result of the Cheetos will not be melting. They’re nonetheless intact. And I’ve had these chips since 2017. So that you would possibly name them archival Scorching Cheetos, as a result of they’re very, very outdated they usually’re nonetheless trying nice.
Jazmín Urrea is a visible artist working in set up, pictures, video, sculpture and efficiency. She acquired her MFA in pictures and media from CalArts (2017) and a BFA in pictures from Cal State Lengthy Seashore (2014). Urrea’s works have been exhibited on the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Getty Heart, College Artwork Museum in Lengthy Seashore, the Music Heart, Flatline and SADE in Los Angeles. She participated within the Present:LA Meals triennial (2019) funded by the Division of Cultural Affairs and not too long ago acquired the Rema Hort Mann Basis Rising Artist Grant (2020). She at present lives and works in South Los Angeles.