Food, Inc. Project

A few months ago I watched the documentary,  Food, Inc., which is an American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that the meat and vegetables produced by agribusiness have many hidden costs and are unhealthy and environmentally-harmful.

I thought I would try to use the documentary film as a basis for a project in my ART 160/Design II. class at West Liberty University. In addition, I felt that the documentary might make the students more aware about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Students were asked to view the film, and then respond (pro or con) to the film by creating a 3D visual statement. Students had approximately 3 weeks to complete their project, including viewing the film and submitting proposal sketches. Students were free to choose the media, resulting in projects that were made of fiber, paper mache, wood, Sculpey, and cardboard, and found objects. Here are some of the results:

Forked Cow by Dan.

Cow's head on a bed of corn by Courtney

Chikowig (chicken/cow/pig hybrid) by Emily

Scales of justice by Brandon

No bone animals by Chelsea

McDonald's by Vinnie

McDonald's by Vinnie, part #2.

McDonald's by Vinnie, part #3.

Overweight chicken by Lauren

Glasses with shades down by Abrielle

Glasses with shades up by Abrielle

I have a few of the more of the projects to share, and will put them up in the near future.


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