Valerie Wedel

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The Concessionist, Performed Installation, Art Inside the Park, Jefferson City, MO, 2007

For three days during an outdoor exhibition, I popped popcorn one kernel at a time, inviting passers-by to the treat in a tiny confectionary cup. I offered them caramel or buttery oil as a topping. This work is about our perceptions of abundance. I asked participants to consider the relationship they have to an object when they have only one of something, rather than many. Large groups of schoolchildren visited the piece, some of them breaking up and sharing their one piece with others.