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Irving Penn’s Still Life work based around food takes reference from still life painters such as Chardin. But rather than imitate the painterly still life that we have come to know from 16th Century paintings he captures the essence of them and makes them his own. With the Frozen food image below we see reference of Mondiran’s paintings, the block arrangement of colour replaced with block arrangement of frozen food. The food in itself in all of the images below becomes less about what the food is and more about colour, texture and form. The food becomes a sculptural object, the striking colours hint at possible concepts. The frozen fruit, on the verge of thawing and turning to mush, could be taken as a hint of our own anxiety’s of death. The food is always set against a plain background which juxtaposes the rich textures of the food.

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