Oil on Vellum paper
26 x 34 in
Food is arguably one of the most telling parts of any person’s life: wrapped up in the food we eat is our identity, culture, history, socioeconomic class, relationship to nature, and more. I grew up knowing food was essentially one of the most important parts of life. Filipino culture already revolves around food; food is our passion. In my own life, I learned everything through food. My dad is a master chef. He taught us to honor the specialness of food and the togetherness of eating. Now, years after leaving my home behind for good, I have been painting food from memory. Painting these has been somewhat like indulging in comfort meals; they are good for the soul.