Comfort Food’ included a suite of about twelve paintings. Many of the approaches to the materials and processes in this exhibition, and others to follow, relate to my experiences of learning to sew patchwork using ‘paper piecing’ from my mother at an early age. I tend to draw on my knowledge of craft and design production. I have preferred to work with consistent sizes and dimensions, the use of grids for compositional structure, usually a limited colour palette and a combination of domestic repurposed or recycled elements with specialist art materials.
For ‘Comfort Food’ the paintings were executed using commercial paint (sample tins from the local paint shop), coloured pencils and some artist acrylic was used for underpainting. Unprimed plywood and vintage wallpaper glued to the ply were the grounds for the works. There were a series of paintings of cakes and sweets commonly found at small town country bakeries, the sorts you could expect at gatherings such as afternoon teas at the tennis club, a funeral or served by the CWA. The paintings were intentionally trying to appeal as nostalgic ‘fluffy’ images of food, but I was also interested in using the idea of the country afternoon tea as an example of forums where people talk and communicate in ways that can bring down barriers of prejudice and discrimination. Anna Farago 2013
2003 Melbourne Fringe Festival