As we enter the week of Thanksgiving it is appropriate naturally to reflect on our blessings. One of mine is certainly access to an amazing variety of food. And what better way to do this than through packaging.
There is a show at Wesleyan University, entitled Art and Appetite, containing 40 prints and photographs from the Davidson Art Center collection spanning five centuries of artist’s views of food. From Pieter van der Heyden’s 1563 engraving “The Fat Kitchen”, to Julia Jacquette’s 1995 silkscreen titled “Four Sweets” (shown above).
Needless to say Ms. Jacquette’s provocative packaging caught my attention, and the silkscreen is one image in a long line of artists’ depictions of packaging in their work. Another wonderful image of hers is the 2007 “Bandana for MacDowell Centennial” shown at left.
There is more information on the Wesleyan show in this NY Times article.