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Still Lifes: Vanitas Flair

Excito!Excito!: A Veritable Feast has a photography component to the artwork.  The still life photographs in the “Vanitas Flair” series of this artwork envision the style of 16th century Dutch Golden Age still life paintings to further emphasize the contrast between natural “whole” foods and artificially flavored foods as demonstrated in the Past, Present, and Future dishes.

In the 16th Century, artificially flavored and genetically modified foods, as we know them today, did not exist and, therefore, were unavailable as subjects for the Dutch and Flemish master painters.  Whereas the Dutch and Flemish master painters used natural “whole” foods as reference material for their still life paintings, the “Vanitas Flair” still life photographs captured natural “whole” foods and artificially flavored foods.

The spectrum of Past, Present, and Future foods captured in the “Vanitas Flair” still life photographs is a visual survey and time capsule of the history of American food creation, production, manufacturing, and consumption within the last century.  These still life photographs aim to prompt the viewer to evaluate what percentage of foods consumed today is natural or artificial, or is there a difference?