Allison Fawcett, BFA Senior Exhibition in Painting

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

November 8 – November 19, 2013
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: November 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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 art 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, I will underscore the darkness behind the industry, but in a comical and colorful way that people may respond to more immediately. Food is now an attractive but fraudulent pop culture phenomenon and Snack Attack was created to investigate how painted images can bring awareness of this phenomenon through humor, while also enabling myself to find inner peace with my own food struggles. These paintings reveal the manipulation of food industries and the hidden horrors of what people are unknowingly consuming. --Allison Fawcett