Conventionally the process of making is seen as an inherently good process. The way progress is gauged is largely contained in the quantity of substance that is converted. looking at making through the lens of entropy highlights the fact that in order to create something, something else must be destroyed, or converted. While in escapable in the greater world, this reality of “progress”, and furthermore, making is something that I have found difficult to grapple with as I find creating with my hands, and being a maker of things, actively destroying and converting material into objects to be quite a significant part of my identity. I have always been drawn to building and making things, however the true environmental impact that can have has only really now properly dawned on me. While work I have created in the past has felt worthwhile at the time, it’s purpose afterwards feels largely empty, when considering the true cost benefit analysis of materials used compared to total use gotten from the object. As a way to resolve some of these conflicts I have been having, and as a way to commence the next chapter in my life I have ventured to create something that will sustain me for my foreseeable lifetime, literally.
Makan Dulu consists of a table, bench, cutting board, Living recipe book (updated with personal Balinese traditional recipes, and featuring 1:1 scale images to properly portion ingredients), mortar and pestle , Knife , and table which contains a cabinet underneath in the skirt to house all of the accompanying tools. This ensemble can be used in order to prepare meals which feature recipes that have sustained me, and which I am literally made of until now, and going into the future. While it is impossible to resist entropy, and be free of its effects, I can be more mindful about how I consider it within my art practice, and approach to destroying and making.