Thursday, February 2, 2012

artist statement

A Study in Contrasts

I have a great interest in travel and visiting various parts of the world.  During the fall and winter of the years 2007 and 2008, I spent some time in China while my husband was there teaching.  While there I was able to travel to many places in China.  My place of birth is Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany and I have lived in many areas of the United States of America.  These experiences have produced an interest in the foods of differing areas within different countries.  During my visits to China and travels in the United States, I noted many contrasts.  The unique foods found in different areas of each country provide the best way to present these contrasts.

         In China

Meals which include bird tend to use the whole bird including feet and head. Fish tends to be treated the same way. 

Meals are communal and dishes are served so that everyone serves themselves. 

Meals are eaten with chopsticks and a Chinese spoon.

         In the United States

Meals with bird or fish do not include heads, feet or tails.

Meals tend be served to the individual.

Meals are eaten with fork, knife and spoon.

Visually the presentation of food is different in both countries.  The difference occurs since what is considered appealing is very different in each country.  My work has encompassed learning techniques to best present a visual representation of the foods eaten in each country and selecting appropriate photos for their appeal.

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