About "CHICKEN LIVER" and the ruminate Series

"CHICKEN LIVER" (Work in progress) is the first in my "Ruminate" series which feature both food and drink of the up and coming food scene in Charlotte and their creators.  

 

I had an overwhelming amount of motivation to paint this beautiful plate after corresponding with the creator Matthew Krenz. Heis the Chef of Cuisine at The Asbury in the Dunhill Hotel and ranch manager at Krenz Ranch in Marshville, NC.  I was exposed to his passion as a chef and got a peek at the preparation and ingenuity that goes into each of these plates. I have a good laugh everytime introduce the painting as "CHICKEN LIVER" because they hardly recognize that it is food, let alone that it is a dish is originally composed of chicken liver, oat cracker, nasturtium, poached quail egg, fennel and chickweed.   

This project has already transformed into something I never expected and has become my most important piece of work thus far.  Since I have crazy food allergies I am not able to join in on the foodie scene full force in the way I wish to.  I felt like this series could be one of the greatest ways for me to connect, appreciate and explore the work that these chefs, baristas and mixologists are pouring themselves into day in and day out.

Working on "CHICKEN LIVER"  allowed me to spend hours reflecting, discovering and exploring the limitlessness of my own creativity, but I became fascinated thinking about the uniqueness of each of our individual expressions. We each have our own time and process to craft our lives.   Whether your passion goes on a plate, in a coffee mug, onto a canvas, into a song, onto paper, organizing an event,  developing a new app, drafting business plan or simple tweeting a joke, you are creating. You are creating your life.  Hopefully you are doing so in the best way possible.

As flattering as it has been to hear people tell me “I wish I could paint like that, I can hardly manage a stick figure”, I wish for my art to spark some sort of self recognition for the viewer.  To spark a realization that generating a laugh which dissipates in a matter of seconds or carefully preparing and replicating the same plate over and over only to be devoured in matter of minutes, can create a moment that is more powerful than some medium on big canvas that could outlive us all!   

Because making things disappear can be just as magical as making them appear.   

I completely support Charlotte art community, but my hope for this series is show the importance of crossing unusual paths and ignoring boundaries so that we can build a stronger sense of community and connectedness here in Charlotte.  This will be the first completion of my series titled "Ruminate". Ruminate is a digestive function of a certain group of mammals, like cows, similiar to regurgitation when food hits the stomach but then returns to their mouth for more chewing.  Ruminate is also a term of psychology used to define the obsessive, contemplation we humans go through everyday ie: "chewing the cud".  The second and third paintings will be a nod to beverages and their creators.   (If you have any great cocktails/mixologist, beer/brewers or barista/coffee suggestions, please share!!!!)

 I hope that you will join in on my excitement and follow me on IG/Twitter @cecestronach, like my facebook page and subscribe to my newsletter for updates on this series and some other upcoming events I will be participating in!