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Fruit Loops Landscape by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, inspired by Carleton Watkins's 1863 photograph of Albion River in Mendocino County, Calif. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)closemore
Fruit Loops Landscape by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, inspired by Carleton Watkins's 1863 photograph of Albion River in Mendocino County, Calif. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)

As Americans dive into Thanksgiving leftovers, it's a time to reflect on how far some of our favorite foods have ventured away from "fresh and natural" to "highly processed" with fats, sugars and salts.

One woman who thinks a lot about how we got to this point in modern consumption is Barbara Ciurej. She and her longtime art collaborator, Lindsay Lochman, have an exhibit on that very subject on display now in Denver at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center called "Processed Views."

Ciurej joins Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd to talk more about depicting epic scenes from the American west — with junk food.

Here are more images from the exhibit, along with their original inspiration:

Saturated Fat Foothills by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. The piece, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, is inspired by Carelton Watkins's photo of The Town on the Hill, New Almaden, Calif., in the 1860s. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)
Saturated Fat Foothills by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. The piece, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, is inspired by Carelton Watkins's photo of The Town on the Hill, New Almaden, Calif., in the 1860s. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)
The Town On the Hill, New Almaden, Calif., taken about 1863. (Carleton Watkins/Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
The Town On the Hill, New Almaden, Calif., taken about 1863. (Carleton Watkins/Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Flamin' Hot Monolith by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, inspired by Carelton Watkins's photo of Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)
Flamin' Hot Monolith by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, constructed as part of the "Processed Views" art exhibit, inspired by Carelton Watkins's photo of Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)
Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls, from Union Point, taken about 1878. (Carleton Watkins/Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Agassiz Rock and the Yosemite Falls, from Union Point, taken about 1878. (Carleton Watkins/Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
"A Political Intervention," by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman features a portrait of President-elect Donald Trump made of junk food such as Cheetos, Pringles and more. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)
"A Political Intervention," by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman features a portrait of President-elect Donald Trump made of junk food such as Cheetos, Pringles and more. (Courtesy Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman)

This segment aired on November 25, 2016.

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