For any Olympic medalist hopeful, a strict and specific diet is mandatory, with the usual food indulgences swapped for a more regimented calorie count. Artists Sarah Parker and Michael Bodiam have played with this notion in their most recent work, ‘A Day on My Plate’.
Their still-life series graphically presents the diets of star athletes, using cardboard and paper as place settings. What appears to be minuscule servings of fruit, vegetables and other healthy treats, is actually normal sized food placed on an over-sized paper place mat setting. The artists commented: "We wanted people to be able to draw a direct comparison between star athletes and their diets...to produce something quite playful that subtly hinted at the sport each athlete participated in” explains Parker. From the 2282-calorie diet of a 17-year old gymnast to the bagels, eggs and bananas of a hammer thrower, these visual representations of the diets behind sporting success makes you realise the copious amounts of nutrition and calories required for each athlete to perform at their very best.
From top to bottom, the images above represent a gymnast, ice skater and triathlete.