THESIS, PART 3:
(ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM) STOVE DROP CLOTH

2009

silicone stove cover

As the critic Harold Rosenberg stated about Jackson Pollock’s paintings, “What was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event.” Cooking, like Abstract Expressionism, is all in the action. A ‘Drop Cloth’ for the stove connects the art form with the process by allowing for the freedom of gesture in the action of cooking. The drooping, amorphous shape, referencing the forms of both cooking and Abstract Expressionism drapes over & engulfs the stove, bringing the entire stove and surroundings into the process.

One of three in a series addressing the act and art of cooking, for my graduate thesis project, "Feast for the Eyes." An exploration into how we can potentially 'connect' with food in new ways, by connecting art to cooking.

“Cooking is the mental place--as the kitchen is the physical space--of gastronomy. It is an area that is constantly evolving, and the only thing that threatens it is abandonment, which is a brutalization of our civilization that we simply cannot afford. We must give cooking back its rightful dignity...”(Carlo Petrini, Slow Food Nation)

See also:
(still life) Platter &
(cubism) Cutting Board

THESIS RESEARCH & PROCESS