INTERVIEW with Charleston Scene | Post & Courier
1. So, this is focusing on the food & bev/culinary scene? What’s your connection to it/what made you want to cover that subject matter specifically?
I love food. I am constantly thinking about what I am going to eat or cook next. The concept of farm-to-table is something that I believe in passionately. Living in Charleston has shown me that it is possible to source local food all year round. The restaurants in Charleston champion this idea with seasonal menus and sustainably sourced ingredients. My boyfriend has worked in the f&b industry for a decade. Not only has he introduced me to the amazing people that work in this industry but has shown me the hard work that goes into creating Charleston’s unique culinary scene.
2. What are your own “shared experiences in the kitchen and around the table”?
I feel my parents unconditional love most through the food they make. I think that shared meals are the most intimate yet universal way of connecting with one another and it is not to be taken for granted. My favorite family memories are centered around shared meals. Growing up in my parents house, life revolved around 6pm family dinner. My Dad loves to cook and experiment with new recipes while my mom has her go-to ones.
I recently found a photo of me and my sister as little girls making meatballs from scratch, with the biggest smiles on our faces. I vividly remember my dad teaching me to make veal parmesan at 10 years old and being over the moon watching the egg, flour and bread crumbs build on up my fingers.
3. What would you describe as your style/artistic influences? (I’ve read Julia, you use pops of color and Nerney, you use shadows/textures, but I’m sure you both can expand!)
I have a background in design and illustration from SCAD. That has been the foundation for all my work and has given me a specific perspective. I am methodical with my work. Almost all of my work begins with a thumbnail sketch to better visualize the possibilities of my final artwork. I love the freedom that this process allows. I am constantly looking for new ways to frame my subjects much like a photographer would. All this offers a fresh perspective to the world of food paintings. I want to bridge the gap between still life fruit bowls and simplified food art. I paint food in a way that is realistic and whimsical at the same time. Overall I think it is important to shine the light on food that it deserves. The fact that it’s a subject we all understand and is essential to our livelihood is endlessly intriguing to me.
4. I saw that some specific Charleston restaurants were featured in this gallery- what were some of those (I saw Goat. Sheep. Cow.) and why did you decide to feature them?
Goat. Sheep. Cow. has become the spot I bring everyone to that visits. I am from up north where I would often frequent the Italian sections of Boston and Providence. Because of that, I have a serious appreciation for authentic bakeries and delis. For me, Goat. Sheep. Cow. is a little slice of home.
I knew immediately I wanted Kwei Fei and Babas on Cannon to be featured. They are both fresh and breaking the mold for Charleston restaurants. From their diverse menu, to the overall vibe, both places are meant for sharing and trying new things. It’s refreshing, inspiring and SO fun. I’m always looking for a reason to jam out to Kwei Fei’s music while indulging in their spicy dishes. I love the European influence of Babas, the counter service, the portion sizes. It’s seriously snack heaven. What’s not to love?
5. What do you both do beyond art/this exhibit?
Beyond being an artist, I’m a chef in my own kitchen, a humble student to all I still want to learn. I am immensely curious and love to read. My favorite food related book as of late is Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat. It has completely changed how I think about cooking! I also work at Miller Gallery as the Sales + Branding Manager. You can find my artwork at Miller Gallery , The Vendue Hotel and Art & Light in Greenville, SC.