Mary Ellen Johnson Shows Her Lifelike Food Paintings in Soho
"Big Chocolate Eclair" by Mary Ellen Johnson
When she worked on a painting of a cupcake, she had 20 extra desserts lying around as temptation. "It's an emotional attachment, when the food is presented so beautifully on billboards. There's a possibility of perfection."
Johnson uses these intimate portraits of food to explore a personal relationship with food, and the psychological associations everyone has with the way they eat. To her, these images evoke nostalgia, comfort, longing, and a sense of idealism. Not to mention, they make any mouth water.
"Big S'mores" by Mary Ellen Johnson
The show debuts on Saturday evening, and is Johnson's first solo show in New York. To see more of her work visit her website.