Essentially these are hand printed food portraits. This series was a chance for me to explore the visual effect and iconographic qualities of foods. I chose foods that I felt were easily identifiable and evocative. I wanted to show foods that are iconic while also being mundane, or taken for granted in some respects. I tried to pick foods that immediately make the viewer think of the food’s name before thinking about the actual qualities of the food itself. The title of this series, Process Foods, reflects my use of process colors, known as Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK). It also serves as a reminder that these images were created using an extensive process involving food styling, photography, digital art, and printmaking.
My process began by choosing items that had ‘personality’ in some way. I would then purchase, cook and prepare the food for photography. Next I would photograph the item and snack on it while I prepared the image for silkscreen. I would screen print the image by hand using halftone process colors. The only food I didn’t eat was the TV dinner.