Oversized Food: Packaged Food Paintings

Oversized Food: Packaged Food Paintings

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Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 26, 2010

Packaged fast foods were a part of our childhoods. They may not have been very good for you, but they were tasty, and they often carry memories of childhood longings and treats. Artist Pamela Michelle Johnson creates oversized paintings that are reminders of those packaged foods and the nostalgia of childhood — from Frosted Flakes to Circus Animals. We have to admit — we're kind of in love with them.

The top row of paintings are all done on larger sized canvases, while the darker, bottom row images are down on a smaller scale. Check out Pamela in action working on the waffles piece below... mmm... waffles!

Pamela's work looks at the gluttony that has taken place in the recent swell of the food production and consumption market. She paints the food and often it's packaging, striking this odd balance of desire (hello frosted animal crackers) and obvious waste and discord that this way of thinking about food has created within us. We're completely fascinated by the study and adore her work as we were never (ever) that great at painting! See more of her work on her website, though we don't suggest doing so if you're even sort of hungry or are in need of a sugar fix.

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(Images: Pamela Michelle Johnson)

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