Mark Ryden. “The Meat Show” (1998).
The Angel of Meat (detail), by Mark Ryden. (Oil on panel, 1998).
Inside Sue, by Mark Ryden. (Oil on Panel, 15” x 11”, 1997).
Spectaculum Carnis, by Mark Ryden.
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Mark Ryden’s The Meat Show exhibition.
Snow White detail, by Mark Ryden. (Oil on canvas, 1997).
There seems to be a complete disconnect between meat as food and the living, breathing creature it comes from. I suppose it is this contradiction that brings me to return to meat in my art. It surprises many people to learn that I am actually not a vegetarian. I don’t think it is morally wrong to eat meat. What I do personally is to try to remain aware of what I am eating and where it came from. I am not trying to preach a moral stance on anything in my art, but I find that juxtaposition of imagery can create a kind of distance and then an ensuing heightening of awareness.
The Meat Show catalog.
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Meat is a joy to paint. The wonderful variety of textures and patterns in the marbling of meat is sumptuous. Subtle pinks gently swirl around with rich vermilions and fatty yellow ochers. A representational painting of meat easily becomes an exercise in abstraction. I find myself playing with the paint, smearing, scraping, staining and doing things I wouldn’t be so inclined to with other representations.
The Meat Show - Little Star.
Oil on panel, 1997.
Inside Sue, by Mark Ryden. (Oil on panel, 1997).