Monday, 21 October 2013
Touching and Tasty
If “variety is the spice of life” and “a picture paints a thousand words”, then young Kelly McCollam is really achieving quite something by introducing a new and very interesting flavour to the art world with her inventive recreations of some of Van Gogh’s masterpieces using salt, spices and food-colouring as her sole medium to pay homage to her favourite painter.
Her “paintings” made from turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, salt, food colouring, onion chips, lemon powder and a hint of corn flakes strongly appeal to our senses. They tempt us with their flaky and grainy texture, their exquisite aroma, their volume and variety of colours. It should be stressed that McCollman does not manipulate their colour or texture in any way, preferring to “let the natural properties of the particular spices to be evident in the picture”, as she states.