Sunday 22 October 2017

Student eats only porridge for art

Artist Chris Sliver takes on the role of Lez Miserables for his art installation titled Liberty
Artist Chris Sliver takes on the role of Lez Miserables for his art installation titled Liberty

A student claims to have eaten only porridge for 138 days as part of an art project on austerity.

Undergraduate Chris Silver from Greenock, Inverclyde, said he has lived on oats and water "and a bit of bread" since January.

Mr Silver, 46, took up the challenge as he put together an art project questioning the value of the Westminster spending cuts while parodying Chancellor George Osborne.

He will be serving up porridge at his "Austerity Cafe" at the Glasgow School of Art's Degree Show which opens on Saturday.

As part of the show Mr Silver has created the character of "Lez Miserables" who he describes as the last servant of Marie Antionette.

He said: "I think the focus on austerity is ridiculous and I thought I'd make a piece of work that is even more ridiculous.

"We'll get a balance of payments that no one will understand," and culture will have suffered, he said.

"Why are we doing it and what are the benefits to the people?"

Mr Smith has created a George Osborne "self-portrait" where the Chancellor depicts himself as Marie Antionette.

His cafe at the Degree Show will have its own class system, with guests served either cake, bread, or flour, he said.

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