One Hundred Bowls to Feed One Hundred Souls
400 grams references the daily allocation of rice to many of those in refugee camps.
Height : 33cm Variable with centre piece
From the Exhibition: Beyond Borders
Umbrella Studio of Contemporary Arts
Collection of: Private
Photographed by: Robin Gauld
The earliest clay bowls discovered by archaeologists were those made in the New Stone Age. Very similar in shape as those we use today their purpose was the same... a receptacle for food. This intrinsic linking of ceramics with food is universal. Meal times, when family and friends come together to share sustenance and discuss the day's happenings is shared by all cultures no matter how meagre or celebratory the offerings.
The work, One Hundred Bowls to Feed One Hundred Souls, pays homage to the importance of the humble bowl in our lives. Each bowl is of a size to hold the daily (uncooked) food ration of 400 gms of rice or cornmeal, and 60 gms of lentils, which, along with 50gms of oil and 5gms of salt contain enough calories to sustain human life and is what those in many refugee camps subsist on.