December 10, 2015 - January 23, 2016
This series, called “The Tasting Room,” was inspired by my passion for food – how it tastes, how it is presented, and how our relationship with food is cultivated. I am taking culinary aesthetics to new heights, painting palatable treats against stark white backgrounds.
I paint food because I love everything that has to do with food-culture. You’ll often find me cooking and eating, engrossed in a total experience of smells, tastes, and aesthetics. The foods I paint are universally relatable on a primal level, triggering happiness, hunger, excitement, and nostalgia in the viewer. My aim is to carve out a new space for hyper-realism within the context of today’s art-market. This project combines academic techniques with innovative subjects and compositions, in order to showcase hyper-realism in a whimsical and fresh-faced style. This project also brings art and food closer together, fostering a new appreciation of visual art in an immersive foodie-culture. Going forward, I seek to develop this body of work by painting foods that are decisively awe-inspiring: a messy homemade birthday cake with too many lit candles, or a hotdog that has been frantically drizzled with mustard. These pieces will involve a more developed series of pop-art methodologies that are present in my current work."
I consider myself fortunate to have had excellent training in both Fine Arts and Art History from my collegiate experience at Dawson College in Montreal, through to the completion of my Master’s degree at Western University, which enhanced my love of learning and my appreciation of traditional art. I believe that classically-rendered works recount the history of art-making, and I seek to continue this legacy by highlighting the prominence of classical technique with modern and innovative methodology.
– Erin Rothstein