Painting with food
DESCRIPTIONWe are what we eat. Food shapes and fuels our body, but it is so much more. This most basic act can signify a religion, a nation, a lifestyle. It’s connected to desires and fantasies, sex, travel, environment, politics. It has a strong evocative power and can bring us back to our grandmother kitchen within seconds. That’s might be why food has always been such a popular subject in painting and then in photography. Photo-sharing on social-media did the rest and now food photography has never been more popular.
With this project I tried to see beyond the food and I experimented with the shapes, colours and consistencies. I wanted to use the food as I use paint and brushes, to create new stories and situations in which the rules of reality don’t count.
This picture is part of a larger series. I shot the pictures using a with background, then I printed them, I combined the food and the paint on the printed photos to create humorous, sometimes surreal images and finally I photographed them again.
AUTHORPhotography is a window on our world. To be a visual window on our world is a complicated job since the world is made of shifting colours, untold words, images that stay forever and images that change in an instant, noises, silence, movements, stillness and transformations.
With my work I try to expose what is hidden underneath the image. I want my pictures to be actual windows on our world and not only a representation of it. I want them to include also what is not visible, I want them to be fluid and to work together with the other arts. By combining photography and other art forms and by including things that normally have no space in the photographic representation, I feel I have found my way to open that window wide and let everything is outside in. To do so I physically interact with the printed picture.
The medium I use more often to interact with the photograph is paint. I’ve been painting and taking pictures since I was I child so for me the fusion of these two arts has been a natural process.
I began with acrylics but soon I started using different paint techniques. Shortly after I started experimenting with objects, poetry and more recently with music.
I know today it’s possible to manipulate a photograph in every way imaginable thanks to editing software, but I feel that digitally manipulated images can lose their original meaning. In my works I want to include the world as we see it. I’m interested in what’s behind the scenes and by interacting with the print I try to lift a little bit the curtains of the so-called reality to make my work an inclusive space that goes beyond the representation of the physical world by embracing it.