Paintings by Jessica Olah
Curated by Christina Young
February 9th - March 10th, 2016. The gallery is open daily from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Physical nourishment is not the sole purpose of eating; we often eat to connect with, celebrate, comfort, or even avoid our feelings. Desserts, specifically, are a conflicting category of food. They get a bad rap for health reasons, but are ubiquitous at social gatherings as gifts and as treats. This body of work is part of an ongoing exploration by artist, Jessica Olah, of what food means to us in the emotional, mental, and social parts of our being.
Begun during a time when the artist was abstaining from sugar, these portraits vicariously connected her to the experience of eating a sweet treat. At the beginning of her sugar fast, Olah often felt disconnected from friends and family when they ate together. She watched while everyone else enjoyed delectable baked goods, ice cream, and candy that were meant to be shared. When embarking on painting these portraits, the artist believed she was observing how the eater related to the food being consumed. As the project progressed, Olah realized that she was working out her own relationship with dessert and the idea of missing out.