Monday, February 6, 2012
Stephanie Dean - Modern Groceries
We met Stephanie Dean at Chicago Artists' Month's Filter Photography Fest in October. We honor the elegance of her work and transformation of the chore into the sublime....
Modern Groceries is a series of still life photographs focusing on the way our purchased food is packaged and consumed. By setting common foods in their packaging and labeling direct from the grocery store into traditional nature mort compositions, our most common and necessary items of life – food – are jolted into historical focus. The viewers’ various degrees of knowledge of Dutch still life paintings will be the measure by which the photographs will either found or further the perceived rift between ourselves and nature, and ourselves and our food sources.
These photographs are not merely a critique of our habits; they are also a celebration and exaltation of these common objects.