“Taste Test in orange, Yellow, and white,” acrylic, oil, polymer clay, polystyrene foam, polyurethane Foam, Polyester Flocking, wood, dimensions variable, 2018
Installation views, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS - November 2018
(Special thanks to Séamus Gallagher for their photo documentation of this work.)
Does taste matter? Food may be necessary for survival, yet cravings ignore nutritional content or gustatory flavour. Basic aesthetic elements of colour, form, and texture can be manipulated to entice hungry eyes. In our mass consumer culture, ideas of normalcy become skewed as foods transform into uncanny and bizarre evolutions from their origin.
With this in mind, the artist trades paint brushes for kitchen tools and canvases for sculpted objects. Blending and abstracting vocabularies of fine art and food, the resulting installations explore materiality, aesthetic taste, and what it means to engage in a visual diet.
This assemblage inverts the gallery wall to an expansive visual tabletop feast. Forgoing stand-alone works, the artist provides a constellation of abstracted forms conversing with one another. An exuberant burst of skewered polymer objects, may evoke cheese-puffs, cocktail wieners, rodent droppings, or larva. Glossy and vibrant, spray-foam masses bulge like intestines. The yellow fuzz of a simple panel suggests powdered cheese. An arrangement of white buns morphs into marshmallow-like forms, accentuated by melting acrylic cheese slices. Stacked cheesy squares resemble pancakes, a breast, or architecture. Finally, a painted block mimics both camouflage and marble cheese.