All You Can Eat

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

529 West 20th St. NYC

May 12 - June 18, 2022

 

"All You Can Eat" is a solo exhibition of recent work in the project room at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. My new porcelain pieces focus on tableware--mugs, plates, forks, and coffee pots, etc.--that explore the often dark and unspoken things we think about ourselves and others during everyday life.


This series began with my adding self-defeating slogans (e.g., "you ruin everything," "no one cares," "why are you so...") to pretty mugs that could not successfully hold liquids. This twist on inspirational mugs and souvenirs inspired me to incorporate flower petals, tattoos, slugs, eyes, teeth, stitched flesh, and other incongruous motifs into the tableware.


In combining these vessels and utensils with my earlier porcelain cakes and portraits of dead birds, houses, and pig hands, I'm attempting to to evoke our daily experiences of celebration and despair, introspection and confrontation in table settings.


All works are English porcelain in varied scale -- conventional size, oversize, or miniature; 2021-2022.