An Introduction to the #DearAdultWorld 2021 Food Collection
Editor-in-Chief: Calvin Ryerse, 19, he/him
Since once again making the move from Springdale, Arkansas to New York City, one thing above all consumes my daily collegiate thoughts. And no, it has nothing to do with Foucault or Comolli and Naboni’s distinct classifications of films in conversation with the dominant ideology of capitalism. Rather, I spend so much damn time thinking about what I’m going to eat. How I’m going to eat. When I’m going to eat. How I’m going to afford what I’m going to eat. How I’m going to cook what I eat. Is this food that I’m thinking about eating, good for my body, to eat? And on, and on, and on.
Perhaps one of the very few truly universal experiences that humans have is this anxiety revolving around food. It connects us in a way that few things are able to do. Over the past three years, #DearAdultWorld has received numerous submissions that use food as a device to express the humanity of its author. In this collection, the #DearAdultWorld 2021 Food Collection, you, our readers, share your insights on food, what it means to you, what it means to your culture, and how it reveals your humanity. We hope that you enjoy this collection accompanied by your favorite snack. I personally have a cup of coffee, milk no sugar, and a bowl of mangos.
~ Calvin Ryerse, Editor-in-Chief of #DearAdultWorld
Visual Art: “Untitled”
Matt Ryerse, 21, they/them
Artist’s Statement: Matt Ryerse makes art in Chicago, Illinois, across sculptural, ceramic, and image-generating mediums. Their work examines the world-building and destroying that is potentialized in the space between people, objects, and environments.