The Progress of Love (2011)

My interest in performance and theatre has emerged recently in a new body of paintings based on Honore Fragonard’s The Progress of Love. Using his titles, and painting directly from his landscapes, I placed my own characters in the romantic scenery. What interested me was the playfulness and frivolity in these works. I created scenes for anthropomorphic foods to perform in, a space of revelry and nonsense.

Using food as a subject involves endless possibilities for form, colour and texture, as well as meaning and interpretation. In anthropomorphizing the foods in these paintings, I allow them to take on both stereotypical roles or less expected ones. Humour emerges from the relationships I have established through the proximity of foods to one another or through the odd juxtaposition of figure and ground.