A Thousand Lunches: Emily Marchand
Homelessness is a growing problem in Los Angeles. As part of Current:LA Food, artist Emily Marchand is combining her sculptural and textile-based practice with community engagement strategies in an effort to bring together disparate communities in the city. Marchand has organized a large-scale lunch packing session for the homeless. After which, an open picnic ensues.
I am a sculptor and textile artist.
I work with ideas around
survival ideology, agriculture,
food scarcity, food accesibility and
I was trying to challenge myself to unite
my sculpture and textile practice
with the community engagement that I already do.
For this particular commission,
she is doing an incredible project
to provide food for the homeless
but in an engagement fashion
where everyone participates
in not only making food
but also learning.
I'm working with a local organization called MEND.
We are going to be doing lunch packing for
a thousand lunches for the local homeless community,
followed by a picnic that will be
done on an 8,000-square-foot textile
that I am creating right now.
That textile is compostable
and embedded with edible seeds
and at the end of it we will all cut it up
and people can take it home and plant in their own
pot, yard, public land, space.
She's doing an amazing piece
that people get a piece of literally a piece of
when it's done.
By creating this textile and doing these lunches,
I feel like we're bringing the community together
to learn how to do this in smaller versions.
back in their own neighborhoods.
So I'm trying to show how
simple it is to gather resources and pitch in.
If you work small
and you can get all these people together
that you can start to plant the seed
for bringing different ideas into different communities
to help everybody out.
And so she's regenerating,
around this issue that is ongoing and seemingly intractable
but will work toward helping.
To do that through art is pretty exciting.