Matilda Kästel

Food Lab, 2015

In her work, whether it is unique objects or installation work, Matilda Kästel is interested in ambiguity. Objects that fall between categories, that slides a bit. Often it’s about creating mixed emotions, for example an experience that borders between beauty and discomfort.

In Food Lab, her inspiration has been the heightened awareness of the produce we buy and what it contains. Food stuffs we have considered to be healthy and nourishing for decades have recently turned out to be virtual chemical cocktails, where the health benefits of for example fruit and vegetables are outnumbered by the pesticides used in growing them. Based on this, shapes and materials used in laboratory equipment have been turned into beautiful objects, meant to serve food and drink in. With references to the use of chemicals in food, she is commenting and questioning what we choose to place on our dinner tables and into our bodies, giving the food a place of honour.


Matilda Kästel is member of BOOM, a feministic art platform to improve the conditions and creativity within the craft glass.