Well, there was watercolour, which dried quicker.
That left changing the whole ethos. And since slow transformation over time had become my governor, I flipped it; lets look at quickies, contacts that are instant yet satisfying. The metaphors have a sexual ring...
What do we share, I thought. What do we have in common? How is it expressed?
Food. Of course.
Food. We eat it, we share it, we talk about it, we cook it,
we care about it. We look at it. We smell it. We taste it. We
nibble, drizzle and sizzle it. It is central to everyday life
and to love and celebration. It's central to how we define ourselves.
Food is critical to whether we live or die. Physically, tribally, emotionally. As food defines us, its metaphorical qualities become apparent. The Macdonalds logo will be recognised by some people as a symbol of world deforestation and low pay, for others it's fun for the kiddies.
The hidden menace in food is become a common concern - it is acknowledged. The question isn't, is it dangerous, but what is the danger? Is it dangerous to me the consumer or to the harvester, the provider? What is the point-of-delivery of the danger? This cheap and yummy prawn will raise my cholesterol. It has been farmed in the old paddy fields, and the excess prawn shit has been washed down the terraces to poison the remaining paddy fields, killing the local rice harvest. For everything we eat, there is a dark side. That which keeps us alive is killing us or someone else on the planet. Eating disorders? Yeah, me too.
In the morning, I buy food, carefully - in the street market, in the supermarket, in the shop. Friends grow it and give it to me. I buy fresh, I buy processed.
Then I paint it, really quickly, and then I eat it.
Then I give the painting a name because I want to illustrate the metaphor. And because food is so dangerous, I want it to be a little funny. The titles pun a bit, mess around and play with their food.
I do them in French because Im trying to learn the language. It's a holiday language, one you speak when youre having a break from real life. I'm on a holiday from long difficult laborious painting.
I might never go back again.
See the food paintings
Afters? More food paintings
One more waf-er thin mint? Even more food
Most of the food paintings shown on-site have been consumed already,
but plenty more are available.
e-mail for details.