Jane Kim

G.R.A.S. no. 3, 2022
acrylic and collotype on wood
11 x 10 in
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'G.R.A.S. no. 3 An acronym for "Generally Recognized as Safe", a US Food and Drug Administration designation for artificial additives, G.R.A.S (2) tells the story of a surprising natural ingredient: castoreum. A milky substance with a sweet scent found in the castor glands of beavers, castoreum was once used to create artificial vanilla, strawberry and raspberry flavoring until it's own collection process became unsustainable. Today, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, commonly known as strawberry aldehyde, is a chemical compound used in the flavor industry in artificial fruit flavors, in particular raspberry.

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