There are similarities between cooking and painting, both of which I use to explore the way food influences community. Painting seems as much about creating sensations to please the senses, as does cooking. It is a material process that transforms the ‘raw to the cooked’ for the consumption of a viewer. Each in turn have a ‘picture’ to create, a fact to influence, and an idea to contribute. Both utilize the seduction of ‘hunger’, bringing a delicious quality that inspires desire, and is consumed or digested by being physically incorporated into a processing audience. It is no surprise that both cooking and painting are both culturally loaded symbols that we use in a variety of ways in relating to others.
Michal Tkachenko is a Canadian visual artist. Based in London, UK, Michal received her MA Fine Arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Africa and Europe and can be found in a number of collections including Ernst & Young (UK) and The Artists’ Special Book Collection at Chelsea College Library in London (UK). Michal is a recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant.
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