There are issues that not everyone is able to deal with. Sometimes this is due to a lack of empathy on the part of many people, sometimes because if you don’t experience a situation first-hand, it is difficult to talk about it properly.
One of these topics is certainly the eating disorder, which is too complicated for those who suffer or have suffered from it and too underestimated by those who do not understand its depth and seriousness. Fortunately, there are people like Lee Ann Price, an American artist who has managed to represent her relationship with food in beautiful paintings that manage to show everyone how difficult it can be.
Born in Elmira, New York, and currently based in the Big Apple, Lee Ann Price made herself known to the public thanks to her series of paintings entitled “Women & Food” in which she portrays herself or young women in bathtubs intent on eating a slice of cake, an ice cream cone, Chinese food or milk and cereal.
Each scene is taken from above, showing small, claustrophobic baths that become the place where the protagonists can finally take off their clothes and seek refuge in food.
With a painting technique that perfectly renders the surface of the water, the purity of the skin and the smooth texture of the tub and tiles, Lee Ann Price uses art to talk about an issue that she herself has experienced. The clarity of the images manages to strike a chord with the viewer, even those who have never had to deal with these topics, and make them realise how much one small mouthful can weigh.