Classical Still Life Series

2006

The Classical Still Life series consists of painted facsimiles of 19th-century style still life paintings. The subject of which, are trade items once used by early European and American painters to create representations of class and status.  Commissioned paintings of decadent table settings depicting elusive trade items such as game birds, fruits, and teas commonly promoted the wealth of the ruling class. In this series, I fuse these trade items with images of soul food based on recipes created by slaves.  The inclusion of this food that was developed from the literal waste of the upper-class serves as a reminder of the Slave labor that helped provide such extravagant displays of wealth. Furthermore, the addition of these low-class delicacies into such lavish settings is a humorous attempt at placing these items back on the Master’s table.