Set of four offset lithographic prints, signed and numbered by the artist. Each measures 18 x 14″
The Cuisine Cards celebrate our universal joy in food: providing, preparing, offering, and eating it. They’re designed in the rustic style of early Renaissance printed playing cards but there is an intentional lack of power hierarchy in the face cards. The order of the Shaper, Mover, and Taster simply echo the natural progression of food from raw to our mouth.
I’ve always had a fondness for the visual aspect of playing cards, and collect books on them. One image of an uncut sheet of cards printed in 1585 in Frankfurt, where the black and white cards were jammed in every which way on a large sheet of paper, inspired the look of these four prints, The Cuisine Cards.
Almost all the writing on each of the prints says the pertinent titling word in various scripts of the particular region, from some of its different periods and cultures.
When I look at all the cards complete and together, I see a larger vision that formed itself — of our human “world” as it is, and could more fully be as we continue to free ourselves from obsessions with power and greed. A world of beauty, delight in simplicity, creativity within the humble and the constantly renewable. A bottomless magical treasure chest of jewel-like people and their offerings.
A very limited number of each of the original hand printed, hand painted prints are available also. Email me for more info and I can post them here if you wish to purchase.