In her art, Lee Price examines food’s relationship with women as liberating, medicinal, and nurturing. The day-to-day experiences of women are imbued with desires, apprehensions, guilts, pleasures, and calculations . Price’s paintings ask: what really feeds us and how can we be honest about the nature of our hunger?
From her studio in Beacon, New York, Price produces impressive photorealistic oil paintings where food serves as symbols for the many distractions we create to avoid being present in life. “A lot of my work looks at compulsiveness,” she explains.
Her work provokes sensuality. Quiet scenes of relaxation – tangled in sheets, immersed in a relaxing bath – set the scene of each woman’s consumption.
Price’s aerial approach conjures an out of body experience while presenting voyeuristic visions of women in their most intimate moments. These women are hiding amongst piles of garbage, half-eaten donuts, and spilled milk and cereal. The woman alone does not deal with order, but rather takes pleasure in personal consumption. However, the repeated aerial perspective does not always lend itself to a voyeuristic view. The inclined figures sometimes open their eyes and look half directly towards the viewer. They are non-confrontational, not worried about their acts of consumption. Their minds and appetites are elsewhere as they stare out in relaxed contentment.
These women bask in the benefits of ephemeral pleasures. As the Price says, “They are looking for a place of comfort. They are looking for the sensuality of life.”, perhaps as many of us are doing too.