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Photographs of the Preparation of Food

25 May – 6 Jun 1981

With this work I hope to address our relationship to the preparation of food in our culture and direct attention to the more ritualistic aspects of this procedure. The photographs were taken of one pattern of behavior, my own, but represent an activity that is collective. They imply comparison to other more familiar treatments of the same subject matter, i.e. “Gourmet” and “Woman’s Day”, but they are stepped down to a real domestic context. The kitchen and utensils are not a model but are part of a functioning environment. It is through the lighting, the organization of activity, and the structuring of information that the dramatization of the process becomes evident. There is always an audience, a spotlight, a behind the scene management of this daily activity; a subtle differentiation between creator and server.