Though I’ve never felt compelled to express my love of food with a pork chop or vegetable tattoo, I have always wanted to add a touch of my culinary passion to my home décor. If you’ve ever done a search for food-themed art, however, you’ll already know there isn’t much out there for those of us craving a modern, spare look (rather than Victorian-era still lives or vintage liquor ads). Lucky for me, photographer and graphic designer Kristen Saberito Carter came to my rescue with her new line of fine images that celebrate the inherent beauty in food and food packaging.
Carter grew up in her father’s deli on Long Island, and the colors, shapes, and textures of the packaged foods he sold there made a lasting impression on her. Even as she traveled through Europe and Asia, studying local food market culture and aesthetics, she was drawn to the everyday products lining the shelves of small shops. Her graphic pieces echo those inspirations: twisting, colorful vines of licorice; a monochromatic checkerboard of cheese crackers; and a spare, weathered-looking close-up of the Indian dessert _barfi,_which now proudly hangs in my dining room, bringing a smile to my face every morning.
Fine Art Prints, $15-95 for various sizes and framing options at aisle5art.com