Sardines make a lovely wall hanging, with rice and beans serving as a colorful carpet. Chicken bones and rooster feathers can also be decorative. Perishables become precious objects d'art in "Dead or Alive" at the Museum of Art and Design at Columbus Circle, running through October 24, 2010. Various works are political such as the rice and beans arranged to spell out "modified seed" and "contaminated food" in Lucia Madriz's Gold Fever (2010). Billie Grace Lynne's Mad Cow Motorcycle (2008) is a motorbike that has been fashioned from a cow skeleton.
Read more of Shannon Gulliver's article in KiptonART Magazine.
Above, Bill Grace Lynn, Mad Cow Motorcycle, 2008