I’m interested in food and how it connects us to anchoring memories. Food is both culturally dependent as well as universal. I paint scenarios regarding the preparation, consumption and disposal of food. Placed in a remembered, contemporary context (be it a closet sized bedroom, an empty subway train or the corner of 7th and 43rd), food functions as a symbol. I like it when my paintings are larger than life, but this isn’t always the case. I am always painting in the abstract. I like bright colors and smooth, artificial finishes that sit on top of fields of color. I am amused by fad and artificial foods in the same way that I am by the cultural phenomenon of competition based reality TV. I like to eat cake in the bath. 

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Oaxaca Painting

50 x 60 IN

Oil on Canvas

 
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Party in the Tropics

46 x 46 IN

Oil on Canvas

 
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Bunt Cake Painting

30 x 40 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Donut Painting

30 x 40 IN

Oil on Canvas

 
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Dresser Painting

48 x 60 IN

Oil on Canvas

 
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Sausage Painting

52.5 x 60 IN

Oil on Canvas

 

These paintings abstract food culture through the view point of technology. Images are reproduced and removed from their original context. What was once fragrant, moist and communal is now flattened, placed out of context, filtered and made indecipherable . In millennial culture, so much of how people interact with food is through their cellphones, thus fracturing the experience of eating into a flat, frozen image. This alters the implied “culture” and time/ site specificity surrounding the food. These fractured snapshots are distributed all over the world through social media channels such as instagram, yelp, DM and Snapchat, thus removed from the original, engaging experience of eating. 

I capture this displacement through layered paintings which juxtapose styles, color, modes of representation, and context in order to disorientated the viewer and alter how food is read. Such paintings are originally inspired by the food installations I create. In translating the physical space into a composed painting, I over lay photographic documentation and remembered happenings in order to highlight either/both the original purpose of the installation or the discoveries I made in the process and as a result of public participation. The resulting paintings suggest a similar displacement and abstraction to that of the food culture brought about by social media.

 
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Appetizers

48 x 60 IN

Oil on Canvas

 
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Saint Patty’s

16 X 20 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Easy Lay

16 X 20 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Untitled (Nate, hungover)

16 X 20 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Candy

12 X 16 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Untitled (Candy 2)

12 X 12 IN

Oil on canvas board

 
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Self Portrait in Candy

16 X 20 IN

Oil on canvas

 
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Untitled (Candy 3)

12 X 12 IN

Oil on canvas board