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Lori Larusso

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

This work explores flawed relationships between food, animals, and humans. The images that comprise the painting installation simultaneously confirm and falsify existing belief systems that determine relationships with other living things. The painted panels are carefully crafted by hand and allude to the skill and physical labor involved in domestic chores such as food preparation, and the (often invisible) labor of caregiving or managing a household, or the emotional labor prevalent in the workplace.

Referencing 17th century Dutch still life painting and Situationist Theory of the Spectacle, the flatness of image speaks to the accessibility of image and idea and the unattainable quality of object or status. This installation points to the space between ambition and action and contains suggestions of both high and low class, speaking to desire and the increasingly complex spectrum of famine to feast.

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