Pair/Pare, SOIL Gallery, March 2013

Pair/Pare is a collaborative investigation and exploration by Serrah Russell and Jason Hirata using art to address the nature of creativity and significance within food making and consumption.


Plaster, Beet, Iceberg Lettuce, Turnip, Onion, Celery, Carrot, Roasted Paper, Bread Machine, Water, Flour, Oil, Salt, Sugar, Yeast, Powdered Charcoal



Eat with your eyes closed.

Eat the closest food to you right now. If you don’t want to eat it, get rid of it.

Fill a glass 1/2 way from one source, then 1/2 from another.

In the sink, make punch.

Boil hot water. Pour in glass. Dunk teabag in and out as you say aloud the list of things you need to do today. Once water has completely darkened or list is completed, soak a sheet of paper in tea for 1 hour. Let dry. At end of day, use paper to write down the things you did that day.

Remove rind of melon. Freeze. Once frozen, defrost in sink.

Completely zest off all the bright green rind of one lime. Hold the lime in your hand. Squeeze continually.

Take a large bite out of a raw onion. Chew and swallow. With remaining onion, roast in oven for 45 minutes - 1 hour at 425 degrees until you can pierce with a knife. Eat the rest of the onion.

Purchase a dozen eggs. Crack all eggs into a glass heat-proof dish. Do not stir or beat. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until completely cooked. Let cool and cut into 12 equal sections.