Art has always been part of the connection between humans and food. The vegetables and fruit we eat do more than nourish us, they also represent our connection to nature, where we live, and how we get our food. Tonight you have an opportunity to experience this connection and make your own contribution to how we see and experience food through art!
The Northwest Art Center is delighted to highlight our connection to local produce through supporting The March of the Vegetables. The march, which will take place on March 25 in Duvall, is a pedestrian-only parade that will feature people-powered floats, hand-made costumes, and local musicians, all welcoming the Snoqualmie Valley’s vegetables back for this year’s growing season. Our first March of the Vegetables workshop had us making unique, vegetable-themed walking sticks to be used in the parade.
Our next workshop is with local artist, Dan Cautrell, and we will be making a community banner made of prints made by you! This artful banner will be carried as part of the March of the Vegetables parade March 25th to celebrate all the amazing food grown in our valley. This workshop will be February 4 @ 2:00 Pm – 6:00 Pm. You can find out more and sign up online here: Print Making with Dan Cautrell – March of Vegetables Parade Banner
Vegetables have inspired art in every recorded era of human history. It’s something we cannot live without and rarely can resist. Here are some great examples of art that uses vegetables to depict the connections between vegetables, daily life, and culture:
350 A.D.: Asparagus Mosaic. Food was a popular subject in mosaics in ancient Rome, and often reflected the agricultural wealth and scope of the empire.
1500s: Vertumnus, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Arcimboldo’s works depicted not only nature and human beings, but also how closely we are related. He began his art career as a designer for stained glass and frescoes at local cathedrals when he was just 21 years old, and in that role, learned how to piece many unique elements together to make a single figure. He became famous for his portraits composed almost entirely of fruits and vegetables.
1600s: Watermelons, Peaches, Pears and Other Fruit in a Landscape, by Giovanni Stanchi. I bet you’ve never seen watermelons like these! Stanchi’s still life is one example of how vegetable and fruit breeding and engineering has changed the way food looks—and tastes—over the centuries.
Ancient AND Modern: Bush Tucker Dreaming, by Elsie Numina. “Bush Tucker” refers to the food of the Australia’s Aboriginal Outback. This modern painting is adorned with the types of berries found in the desert, and this art tradition’s purpose is to transfer food knowledge through art and ceremony.
~ by Anne Becker
~ posted January 27, 2017