9.9.21 - 10.10.21
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 5-8 PM
Gallery Hop: Friday, September 17, 5-8 PM
Let’s take a look at the new fruit bowl. In order to be painted like an old master, the fruit must now be de-stickered, washed, ripped out of netting, and cracked out of its plastic case in order to replicate that old world. How fascinating would it be to see our country for the first time, right now, gathering food? I like to think of someone unfamiliar with a grocery store watching us shop and eat. They would see us tearing open nets of small, candy-like oranges or browsing shelves full of shiny, stickered fruits that have traveled here, across planting zones, maybe even countries away from their origin. They would see us lined up in our cars grabbing greasy bags out of windows. They would see us pulling delectables out of shining sheaths of silver and gold. I’ve been trying to see through this lens. How extravagant and strange we are. If the world’s food history could be bound in a book from beginning to end, our current chapter would be the most captivating by far. And it could possibly be the shortest chapter. I’m nostalgically exploring the absurdity and beauty of our world through food consumption.
I have collected food packaging and advertisements and have given them a new purpose. Small fry containers became vessels for cut up letters from the government over the past two years along with dead and dried flowers, maps, and painted paper scraps. Gold foil of a chocolate bar became hair and teeth. Barcodes adorn many of the surfaces. All are a little unnatural which makes them normal in our unnatural world.
Holli Schulz is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator living and working in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from Transylvania University with a BA in Studio Art, focusing on printmaking, in 2011. Since then, she has sold her prints internationally and exhibited her work in local galleries throughout Kentucky. Her work is included in the Transylvania University’s art collection as well as several private collections. Holli is represented by Eastin Creative.