Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Emma Rose Ressel
Ridgewood NY US
Updated: 2017-11-22 16:55:20


At the core of my work, I am fascinated with how people experience food in all of the ways aside from eating it. I have often said I think food is the most interesting thing about being alive. Beyond its utilitarian necessity, food is bursting with potent symbolic value. With this in mind, I continuously experiment with how representing food visually in my photographs can catalyze a strong emotional and visceral response from viewers.

It is important to me that my photographs glimmer with motifs pulled from the broad history of food in art. I begin with employing aesthetic traditions from the masters of Dutch still life painting, a genre I believe stands as the pinnacle of beauty in food art. Then, I mix in stylistic tropes from more contemporary food photography. I scour texts on gastronomy, mythology and food science, extracting stories I then weave into my photographs. 

Drawing the seeds of ideas from literature allows me complete freedom and abandon in loosely transforming the writing into my own visual vocabulary. The images I make, no matter the project, exist within a fictional world of decadence, beauty, and decay. Each is a pastiche of multiple visual and literary ingredients. There are never humans, which creates the tension that a person has just left the scene, or maybe someone is about to arrive. 

My work is always a bit playful. I draw viewers in with beauty and deliciousness, but then reveal that something macabre lurks beneath the surface.

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