The Series of Textures was inspired by Robert Rymans series of white paintings which hang at Dia Beacon. The food stylist Charlotte Omnès and I had recently seen them and began discussing how we might interpret these paintings using food as the medium instead of paint. We found our inspiration in the varied styles Ryman applied paint to the canvas inspiring us to look at different ways of applying food to a variety of surfaces.
By approaching these creations as texture, shape, and form rather than something edible, it changes the perspective of the viewer. These food items no longer have appetite appeal but transform into graphic compositions of shapes and forms, achieving a whimsical sense and reflection of what is usually done in the art world yet created by using food. The peanut butter, ham and bologna images were spawned from this process.
Once these images were created, we looked to other artists for inspiration still using food as the medium for creating the imagery. We studied the styles of Mondrian, Franz Klein, Rothco and Matisse.
With Ryman’s work, how the light falls on his paintings was of equal importance. It highlights the visual details which contributed to the viewer’s experience of the piece. I chose to light this series with a hard light bringing out the texture of the application of the food as well as the depth of the ingredients such as the jam and the catsup. By using this lighting technique, it helps remove the appetite appeal and allows the viewer to experience the piece for its form, color, and texture.
All images and text © Beth Galton
By Beth Galton
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