Friday, February 3, 2012

Food, glorious food!

© For the Twins, Cocoa Was More Than a Beverage,
It Was a Lifestyle (2012)
mixed-media collage: recycled tissue paper,
vintage illustrations, antique ads, ink,
 watercolor. 5.5"x11.5" on archival mat board.
Matted & framed. Price: $150. (SOLD)
You know you're having fun in the studio when you find yourself laughing out loud. That's been the case during the past two weeks as I've worked on new collages for The Art of Food, an annual exhibition at the Carnegie Visual And Performing Arts Center in Covington, Ky.

You would've thought that as a trained chef, and former restaurant critic/food editor & reporter, this would have been, well, a piece of cake. No. I struggled with ideas for weeks and weeks after I was invited to show. I've loved this exhibition from the get go and wanted to make striking pieces that equaled my strong feelings.

I landed on an elaborate, decoupaged glass idea that would combine anatomy and food. Problem? I'd never done decoupage on glass. I researched, read, tested and retested before coming to the conclusion that I wasn't going to master it in time for the exhibit, which opens March 2 but is being hung a week or two earlier.

So, back to my original idea for a series of narrative "Food for Thought" pieces. This is the first one and it's part of my effort to scale up. I'm not sure that I'll post every piece in the series, after all, there should be some surprises left for exhibit goers - as well as an enticement to get you there. [SOLD]

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