Lee Price has painted women in connection with food for over 20 years. Her photographic oil on canvas paintings are often self-portraits, depicting women in baths or beds participating in private acts of indulgence. Price’s images, far from being grotesque, are dynamic, vibrant and enticing.
Price’s views on compulsion have shifted, and this shift is evident in her work. Some of her earlier figures appear to be hiding or guilty. Their indulgence symbolizes a lack of control, a futile attempt to fill the vacant spaces of their life with food.
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Her more recent figures stare directly at the camera defiantly challenging the viewer to say something. In these images food becomes a metaphor for appetite related to a whole slew of desires. Price’s paintings unapologetically acknowledge the fact of a female appetite.