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Steam Painting (working title)


steam (red beets and water) on linen canvas



Steam Painting (working title)

Installation view


Linen fabric, linen cord, pan, gas stove, mixed vegetables and berries, water

This installation is a process of cooking and of making a print: steam painting.

Steam is produced during the cooking, and the steam is then absorbed into the linen fabric which hangs above the pan.

The steam leaves its trace in the colors from the natural ingredients of the food in the pan.

This trace is proof of the change of state. It implies death and life because cooking is an action between killing and feeding.

What we eat is death, but it sustains our lives. When you eat something, it will be absorbed into your body—it becomes your body.

Even if something dies and seems to have disappeared, really it has just changed its shape and is absorbed into other bodies, continuing its life in different shapes.

It is inspired by Holy Communion and the Shroud of Turin: a length of line in cloth bearing the negative image of a man. Some claim that the image depicts Jesus of Nazareth and that the fabric is the burial shroud in which he was wrapped after the crucifixion, thus symbolizing his death and resurrection.