Small Plates: A Response to Hunger

May 6, 2016, 5:00-9:00 PM (one night only)
Small Plates: A Response to Hunger

Curated by R.L. Gibson for AAAD ( and featuring physical, spiritual, political, emotional and creative views on hunger from artists residing in California, New Jersey and Russia, and more images from artists closer to home, including Tennessee. The work will be exhibited unadorned, unframed and at the approximate size of a small plate. Food is the perfect inspirational metaphor for feeding the creative self. The demeaning cutesiness of the bohemian “starving artist” image numbs us to the real struggle of hunger and starvation worldwide. Starvation, in a literal way, robs humanity of being human and ends even the possibility of a creative self.

At AAAD, we believe that the food is the perfect inspirational metaphor for feeding the creative self.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“There was a time after my first husband died and I blew through the life insurance money, where I was confronted with unemployment, reinventing myself, eviction, and food stamps. It was a dark time for me, I was spiritually hungry, emotionally hungry, and physically hungry. Being alone with little to no resources in the middle of a recession was new territory for me. And it was hard territory. At one point, the food stamps were used up, all I had was two very large jars of olives. I lived on 13 olives per meal, sometimes one meal a day, sometimes two, for several weeks.” – Terri Lloyd, “The Immaculate Heart of St. Sophia” (Los Angeles, CA), digital illustration & collage

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