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"Beyond Sweeties: Work by Naomi London"
2001-02-14 until 2001-03-25
Bishop’s University Art Gallery
This process-oriented exhibition combines
the collection of delicious baked sweets and
dessert recipes from the public, baked by the
artist and then photographed and transformed
through paint into rich, mouth-watering visual
The exhibition, over a
year in the making, explores the notion of female
domesticity and craft-oriented tasks viewed from
the perspective of visual artist, Naomi London.
The process began with the artist’s requests for
public submissions of recipes for baked sweets.
The recipes she received then became the focus of
her visual documentary. Her principle concerns
addressed in this work include the activity of
baking as one that has long been traditionally
associated with the feminine, and the
combination of this type of work with
photography and painting. The paintings of the desserts function as a
means of celebrating the visual character of the recipe, and examining the
relationship between food-preparation, baking and art making. Finally,
this exhibition explores the interrelation between the artist and the public,
between essence and form and between purpose and message.
Naomi London is an interdisciplinary artist who
graduated from the University of California with
an MFA. Since her formal studies, London has
been included in numerous solo and group
exhibitions including L'origine des choses at the
Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal.