Food Art: Stephanie Rauschenbusch's Still Life With Turtle

Food Art: Stephanie Rauschenbusch's Still Life With Turtle

Chris Phillips
Jun 19, 2007
After Pieter Claesz's Still Life With Turtle #5

Cherry pie, coffee pot, embroidered tablecloth. We stuck up a post card promoting Stephanie Rauschenbusch's show at the Noho Gallery here in New York City and now we can't stop diving in to her paintings.

This series of paintings shows a live turtle and other curious objects. There's food in each painting: mussels, half-eaten orange with a pairing knife, pomegranate kernels, and some pink eclairs.

The images remind us of the chaos and curiosity of cooking. The paintings also make us wonder about that turtle, was he meant for the soup? We love how Brooklyn brownstones peek into the widows of some of these paintings to show what season it is.

We were interested to find a quote on Rauschenbusch's site that talks about the, well, food-ish-ness of these paintings: "For a moment simply eating a beautiful blue and white piece of canvas with the eyes, spontaneous, for a second forgetting grief, we consume the blue and white paint like whipped cream. The stripes of a painted tablecloth like Dutch chocolate. For a second that whiff of unalloyed pleasure. It was for this I have lived. For that delight," wrote Kate Millett.

Stephanie Rauschenbusch's work will be on view at the Noho Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street, 4th floor, New York, through June 30.

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