The Ghost Cart
I had the opportunity to create an art installation piece for Dio de las Muertos in 2017. My focus was on bringing awareness to the Food insecurity issues around Los Angeles. My piece was a grocery cart altar that recognized the death of communities in Los Angeles that experience Food Deserts.
Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers.
You already know that Los Angeles is home to many different communities, some more affluent than others. You also may know that many neighborhoods do not have a single grocery store, limiting the local access to fresh and healthy foods. The people living in these areas either have to travel long distances to purchase fresh food, or may rely only on the fast food and convenience store options in their area. The lack of access to healthy foods is an injustice, and areas that face this are called food deserts.
Medium & Inspiration:
The “Ghost Cart” is an appropriation of Ghost Bike Memorials which are voluntarily constructed roadside memorials honoring the memory of Fallen Cyclists where bikes are spray painted white and wreathed with flowers.