heARTbeat: Dinah Fried Creates Characters with Fictitious Dishes

ColumnCalling all senses, calling all senses…

Mad Hatter: Do you care for tea?
Alice: Why, yes. I’m very fond of tea.
March Hare: If you don’t care for tea, you could at least make polite conversation!

Once you click around graphic designer Dinah Fried’s website, it’s obvious that she’s a reader and a bit of a book geek. Works titled:
What Book?, Shelf Help, Abridged II, Gatsby I and Sound + Fury are dead giveaways.

The series “Fictitious Dishes” holds a special allure, as one of the graces of reading is the ability to immerse oneself in a story so completely that the setting, smells, era and foods become the world one inhabits.

Fictitious Dishes Oliver Twist

Fried has done just that with her photographic series imagining the viewer as protagonist of such classics as The Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick and Oliver Twist.

Fictitious Dishes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hovering about the table settings as the person about to stir a cup of tea, or requesting more porridge is the sort of point of view a book lover relishes. The stripped down idea leaves us just enough room to imagine who might be sitting with us, what the conversation around us sounds like, and perhaps most obviously what the menu actually tastes like. It’s also a great little game we can play called: “Have you read that one?”

Fictitious Dishes Moby Dick

Fictitious Dishes The Catcher in the Rye

Inspired by Senior Editor, Shelter, K. Emily Bond

Top Image: Fictitious Dishes Alice in Wonderland

Eco, trends, art, creativity and how they tumble through social media to shape culture fascinate EcoSalon columnist Dominique Pacheco. Her trends blog, mixingreality, speaks to these topics daily, and here at EcoSalon, she takes a weekly look at the intersection of eco and art. We call it heARTbeat.


Dominique Pacheco

Dominique Pacheco is the author of EcoSalon's weekly heARTbeat column.