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ring of dough in infantry helmetA helmet was used to fry doughnuts for WWI soldiers, according to a story explored by artist Doug Jarvis.

Artist residency explores connection between brain and belly

Victoria-based artist Doug Jarvis, currently in residence with the School of Creative Arts and Incubator Lab invites visitors to observe and interact with him as he takes on a new project this week in the Armouries.

His project, The Doughnut Eaters, looks at the belly-brain — the connection between gut and brain. He first thought of this idea when exploring the story of volunteers who made doughnuts for American soldiers behind the front lines in northern France during the First World War.

Jarvis is interested in how the doughnuts represented a form of nostalgia for the soldiers with the idea of belly-brain connections.

He welcomes visitors in the SoCA Gallery through Friday, Jan. 31, excepting a performative workshop restricted to art students Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jarvis will deliver a free public artist talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

—Dana Roe