Art Windsor-Essex respectively acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Walpole Island First Nation. We want to state our respect for the historical and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Still Life: ‘Food’ for the Eye, Mind and Body
June 1, 2018 - October 21, 2018
Franklin Carmichael, Trilliums, c. 1930, colour linocut on rice paper, 21.0 cm x 28.0 cm, Gift of Mrs. R.G. Mastin, 1978
By expanding the framework for determining the “Still Life,” this exhibition investigates how the objects depicted refer to sociological, historical, economic, or life-style values embodied within the everyday. For thousands of years, images of food have existed as an art form. Within some ancient cultures, graphic renderings of food symbolized the nutritional sources that the human spirit needs.
Throughout its pictorial history, food has served as a symbol and metaphor in multiple contexts. Food as nourishment has been used to illustrate connections to family and economies and as the still life motif was placed within a hierarchical aesthetic structure which not only marginalized it as an art form but also relegated its female practitioners to a lower artistic status.
Drawn from the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection, this selection of images from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century offers the viewer ‘food’ for thought demonstrating how the still life tradition has been reconsidered as an expressive visual form in a variety of media.