Considering the fact that it is almost Thanksgiving, I decided to blog about New York artist Lee Price. I didn't know much about her or why she paints what she paints but photos of her paintings had been in my "Belles Images" folder for a while (that's how I feel about art, I like when the image stands on its own, you don't need a whole speech about it to love it. You also don't need to know how much it costs to find value in it. If it moves you then it's good art!). But I digress.
Lee Price paints, with an impeccable technique, beautiful nude pictures of herself eating fattening foods.
Always in private, in a bath or on her bed. She is surrounded by cupcakes, or ice cream, or donuts
and we watch her from an aerial perspective, a voyeuristic angle, chowing down desserts and grilled cheese sandwiches...
...or even Chinese food straight out of the box
In an interview about her work Lee said that her subject "illustrates women's issues with food, compulsive eating and compulsive behavior in general"
She says that women have been raised to give and nurture and that "food is one way we have chosen to give back to ourselves, to attempt to nurture ourselves"
And then I realized that when I discovered her work, her visual message about eating disorder went right over my head. Being French also means being a tad obsessed with food and for me Lee Price's paintings were simply a realistic rendition of a perfect happy moment of pleasure. An expression of the sensuality of food and nudity that really "talked to me" since I have never met a chocolate cake or a cherry pie I didn't want.
I think this shows again that when we fall in love with a particular image it is because it resonates with us, our lives, our culture, our individual experience. It is independent of any conceptual message and one doesn't have to intellectually "understand" art to like it.
You can see more of Lee Price's work on her website. Happy Thanksgiving!!