fragrant earth 2012

Raewyn Turner & Brian Harris 2012

Fragrant Earth references government fiscal policies, the Phillips Curve and the balance between the promise of a wage adjusted to inflation and the power to consume. The twenty three tin cans filled with fragranced soil indicate data points on the graph of the Expectations-Augmented Phillips curve which describes a relationship between inflation and unemployment.           Please see more information in my journal :

The data point fragrances reference D. Merrit’s poem:

‘Curious diets of the poor, down trodden and the so-called mentally ill’

Large pepsi max and big tins of tuna

Listerine and caramello chocolate

Free range eggs, oranges and heroin

Pork bones and basmati rice

Single malt whiskey with ripple cut sour cream potato chips

Hastily microwaved steak and cheese pies with bournvita

Curiously strong peppermints and 2 minute noodles

Over boiled cabbage on extra thick white bread toast

Tetrapak custard, chocolate fish and pineapple lumps

Cans of fruit salad and low alchohol beer

Fried white flour and water mix, topped with strawberry jam

Roasted mutton flap with low calorie spearmint chewing gum

Hydroponic skunk marijuana and budget tinned spaghetti

Lime flavoured dairy food and malt biscuits

Hot water, soy sauce, sugar and marmite

Badly mashed potato mixed with more badly mashed potato

Instant macaroni mix and yesterdays left over muffins

Stewed cooking apples and edible wax birthday candles.

Many thanks to Fragrances International Flavours and Fragrances ( IFF NZ), Formula Foods and Flairoma who generously supplied the fragrances

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