Meegan Lim is an illustrator and multidisciplinary artist of Chinese-Malaysian descent, based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada). She is known for her detailed illustrations focusing on the intersections of food, culture & social change. Her work often provides a colourful entry point into social injustices that can be hard to digest. In addition to her illustration practice, she is also an arts facilitator who values collaboration and nurturing community growth and healing through visual arts. In her free time, you can find Meegan binging food documentaries, cooking for her loved ones, and collaborating with her friends at Fuelled By Coffee Collective!
The topic of food is often perceived as inherently democratic and forgiving. However, in this illustration, that concept is challenged. Utilizing the idiom “Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You”, which describes unthankful, ungrateful, or unappreciative actions, the piece reinterprets the phrase as one of empowerment and protest to comment on the ongoing Indian Farmers’ Protest. Since September 2020, thousands of Indians have gathered in New Delhi to protest three agricultural laws that privilege corporations and harm the everyday farmer (Singh, 2021). Through brightly colored symbols of crops and farming regions affected, the piece urges consumers to acknowledge the instrumental impact that India’s agricultural sector and small-scale farmers have on the world’s food supply.
“Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You” is a part of Meegan Lim’s undergraduate thesis for OCAD University titled “Hierarchies of Taste”. The body of work critiques the divisiveness of the food industry by reinterpreting common food idioms to expose how invisible barriers prevent food’s ability to bring people together.