“As the artist of this exhibition I am performing the role of gracious hostess. This duty carries the expectation that I provide a memorable experience for my visitors. That being said, I have decided to serve up a feast of epic proportions. The dishes presented are a culmination of my efforts to impress. I offer some of the fanciest foods imaginable. In addition I’ve presented a few of my personal favorites. Acknowledging that most of my guests are unfamiliar to me, I’ve also added a few oddball choices to the feast.
Through presenting this work I hope to continue exploring the connections between the role of an artist and the role of a hostess. The time and labor behind each sculpture is concealed beneath a glossy surface. The more I sculpt and bake, the more I am struck by the similarities between working with clay and food. I think about how these processes are imbued with love and tenderness, a desire to connect with others. For both an artist and a hostess, there is a vulnerability during the final presentation, and anticipation that all will be well received. Lastly, there is the sheer joy of the “grand reveal”, the moment my efforts are ideally rewarded.
Throughout the duration of this exhibition, I will continue to add to the bounty on the table. Please digest your findings carefully.”
Emily Whynott is a fine artist and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Whynott graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Socially-Engaged Studio Art from Moore College of Art & Design in 2023.