James Ostrer

​James Ostrer, the National Portrait Galley’s Curator’s Choice,

has always has a complex relationship with food and is himself one of the

world’s most common dependents, a sugar addict. For his photographic study,

Wotsit All About, he has covered subjects in layers of confectionary. The works

are feverishly and painstakingly created tableaus with layers of sweets and

junk food applied to a human subject, often the artist himself, which are then

staged and photographed. As big business and powerful brands seduce us to

consume more sticky unhealthy treats, the question begged, Wotsit all about?