Subversive spice art for world peace

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 07 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Spice Man says this is his finest work to date, his pièce de résistance. It is part of his Woolworths' Darwin City store exhibition. Picture: SPICE MAN Source: Supplied

A GUERILLA condiment artist has been working the aisles of Woolworths supermarkets in Darwin.

Known only as Spice Man, he has targeted supermarkets with his unique and subversive art.

He is known to have woven his lettery magic at both the city and Karama Woolworths.

He arranges spice jars into different words, in a biting post modernist satire on a consumeristically delusional world where unrestrained individualism and money have become dominant obsessions - creating up a new dominant paradigm that conspires to crush an idea of collectivism and replacing other, kinder and more comprehensive normative visions.

Woolies Spice Man strikes again. Not his best work but said he had to work with the materials available - no U's or E's make life difficult. "But we do what we can," he told the NT News. Picture: Spice Man Source: Supplied

So far he has spelt out "boobs", "ballbags", "fart", "tits" and "crap", as revealed in photos obtained exclusively by the NT News.

He focuses on the Woolworths "Select" home brand that feature labels with large letters taken from the first letter of the spice's name.


He said his favourite spice is the most controversial of all spices, cumin.

"I really want this to help lead us to world peace," said the heavily disguised man, who was wearing Territory rig with a cape when we met him under a bridge at night.

A bold statement from Spice Man, juxtaposing the strong red of the S with the subtler green of the other letters. Picture: Spice Man Source: Supplied

"It (creating world peace) is harder than you think coz there's no spice that starts with E or U.

"Woolies or Coles really needs to pick up their game and start stocking some new spices.

"It's affecting my work.

"But wherever marketers brand their products with large single letters I will be there."

Spice Man is working with an expanded colour palette in this well-spaced creation, spotted at Karama. Picture: Spice Man Source: Supplied

There are of course spices called, Elderflower, Epazote and Urfa Biber chillies, but they are not currently part of Spice Man's favourite range.


But Spice Man is fortunate there are no "U's" or "E's" or he could be up on obscenity charges.

Spice Man had attempted his flash art at Coles but reported a disappointing range of products featuring single large letters on their packaging.

A comment on the futility of artistic endeavour perhaps?. Picture: Spice Man Source: Supplied

It is believed by Darwin long-termers that Spice Man started out working with ice cream but was frustrated by the fleeting nature of his work.
He even has groupies, a large band of females collectively known as the Spice Girls. Spice Man will not say where he will strike next but it could be anywhere from Nhulunbuy to Alice Springs.

The NT News did not contact Coles or Woolworths for comment to save them the hassle of hanging up on us.

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