Saturday, August 19, 2006
Jill Scipione: Pittsburgh Alumni
The meat series comprises several years of paintings, drawings, collages, and prints. All the works take as their source reproductions of cuts of meat from butcher charts. The art that results falls into at least two general treatments.
In some works, individual cuts of meat meticulously rebuilt by the painting and drawing process are represented in their situation as natural, yet man-made objects. In others, the cuts are reproduced, reordered, reformed and then represented as fabulous new objects. These new objects- cart, wheel, column, are familiar yet ancient; building blocks of civilization.
The theme of a body as structure of regeneration and the central idea of the flesh as the vehicle for the soul have their foundations in various cultures and faiths since antiquity and make use of universal symbol and archetype.