You can look through a glamour filter at even the most insignificant of gestures, such as eating French fries or cutting a peach. With watercolors and oil paints, American artist Amy Lewis paints everyday gestures, common subjects that become reportages of aristocratic buffets or couture fashion campaigns.
Gold rings, diamonds, velvet drapes combined with elements belonging to more popular contexts such as noodles and coffee cups, served in elegant ceramic services.
The repetition of food as a contrasting element in a representation of subjects as imagined by the pen of Francis Scott Fitzerald is not accidental. Gracefully grasped junk food underlies an understanding of food as a luxury good.
Amy Lewis recognizes the privilege of having food on the table, not taken for granted in many areas of the world. In an interview with Creative Boom, the artist explained her relationship with food, and why it becomes her main source of inspiration.
“I love to eat and I also love how food looks. Even fugly homemade food can look so good. Food has colours that are often vivid and heavily contrasted with a form that is infinite in details. I could never actually capture food in all its intricate glory but when I try, I appreciate the subject more. Also, food can be loaded with meaning. Doughnuts and ring pops are nostalgic. Cup Noodle reminds us of high school or college – it’s food that reminds you of home, that other food reminds you of summer.”
You can discover the works of Amy Lewis on the official website of the artist.