CMYK for Dinner

5’ x 10’.  Ink on muslin. 2020.

This is an installation made of CMYK screen printed repeat patterns. The patterns were created using photographs that had been manipulated in Photoshop. The pattern was separated into 4 layers; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK). These were then screen printed onto muslin, sewn together, and stuffed with brown paper.

My original idea for this project was to utilize images of cooking utensils.  I had decided that I wanted these to be shown “in use” . This meant that I needed to cook something to create a mess to photograph. I decided to make Welsh Cakes. They are a Welsh baked good that are a cross between a biscuit and a pancake. I made them with my Grandmother growing up. However, after completing the baking process  and reviewing my photos, I realized that I was most interested in the images of the final product. Looking at the pile of cakes on the plate, I was immediately drawn to the texture.

That’s how I ended up with the piece you are seeing today! I began photographing other textures that caught my eye in the food I was cooking. I ended up with the three patterns shown above; Welsh Cakes, pasta, and coconut chicken soup. I was most interested in the effect that each pattern would have on one another. They needed to layer together and become a little overwhelming. With the final piece, I’m not sure if this makes me really hungry or super full!! 

This piece was featured in Vacant Museum’s virtual exhibition, Imprints: Past and Present! Click HERE to check it out!