Zoë Schneider is an artist, curator, and arts administrator who works in sculpture and installation to critically examine the complexity of fat identity. Schneider investigates topics including the expanding body, the body under restriction, obsession in diet culture, the medical industry and the fat body, inherited food values, and societal confusion around food. Thinking about fatness through the lens of evolution has created opportunity to confront conventional wisdom about bodily diversity. Puritanical thinking about how a body should behave and look are challenged if we view our bodies within an evolutionary speciation context, creating new ways of looking at fat traits like the double chin, ‘spare-tire’, or ‘cankle’. Expansion, accumulation, restriction, and shrinkage are referenced through material explorations with polyurethane foam, bread dough, and silicone. Often the works show the manipulation by the hands; concrete is dug with fingers, dough is kneaded and formed, mortar is manipulated like sausages. Monetarily and conceptually accessible materials are utilized to further examine systems of value.