One member of the VII collective is Lauren Greenfield. A friend recently introduced me to her photographs, which focus on how we, and particularly the women among us, shape and manipulate our bodies.

On a somewhat lighter, yet still very vital and intelligent, note, Kate Bingaman-Burt runs a wonderful website called Obsessive Consumption, currently in housecleaning mode.

So much for artists on consumption. The weak-willed among you are welcome to try artistically consuming via Cool Hunting, a fantastically well-designed and smart blog that has duped many otherwise sane people into spending money on freeze-dried fruits, strange sneakers, and distressed denim.

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