We had a short conversation with Dafna Steinberg, not only our fashion writer, but well-known Borderstan artist. Steinberg’s new show, “Eat What I Feel,” will open this weekend at doris-mae gallery, 1716 14th Street NW.
Borderstan: What is “Eat What I Feel?”
Steinberg: “Eat What I Feel” is a mixed media project that explores both the ideals of feminine identity through presentation and the issue of emotional eating.
Borderstan: How did the project start?
Steinberg: This project came about close to a year ago. I started paying more attention to my eating habits and began to notice how I ate certain foods when I felt certain emotions.
Borderstan: Any particular inspiration for the show?
Steinberg: While eating I was struck by how my emotional state played such a large role in how and when I ate. Though my original artistic background is in photography, I have been working predominantly in collage work.
Borderstan: What kind of art is there in the show?
Steinberg: For my installation at doris-mae, I created a series of collages from vintage cookbooks, diet books and fashion magazines that draw on my life as a woman eating. As part of this project, I recorded myself dining in public alone. The installation at doris-mae consists of these collages, video and an extravagant dining room tablescape where I will eat during the opening and in a series of public performances.
Additional Public Performances
Steinberg will also have two other public performances where she will invite the public to a “Bring Your Own Comfort Food” dinners. She will be looking for volunteers to come on a specific day (TBD), bring their own comfort food and to be ready to have a conversation about food…what it means to them, the cultures around it, whether or not we, as a society, are obsessed with it, etc.
Check the doris-mae blog for information about these upcoming dinners and for more on the ongoing programming, events and upcoming exhibitions.