Snack Attack: Comical Paintings Exposing Hidden Deceptions of the Modern Food Industry

Allison Fawcett

Abstract


For most people, indulging in a puffed cheddar cheese snack is as a harmless act. However for some, eating those crispy, addicting puffs is like inviting death by a psycho killer in the Bates Motel. This series of large-scale paintings combines images from iconic horror films and classic junk food advertising into humorous Neo-pop paintings that relate to American culture. These paintings seduce the viewers through luscious paint and pop culture iconography into examining the hidden deceptions of modern food manufacturing. By researching the ways in which processed food is negatively affecting the nation, as well as researching classic horror films and other Pop Art painters of food, the artist will underscore the darkness behind the industry, but in a comical way that highlights the absurdities of feeling uncomfortable with personal body image. The series Snack Attack investigates how painted images can form questions about the fearful effects of manufactured food, while congruently aiding the artist’s process of finding inner peace with her own food struggles.


Keywords


Food; Health; Paintings

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