Prolific local artist Denise Stewart-Sanabria just wrapped up a successful show at Paulk + Co. Two hallmarks of Denise’s paintings, hyper-realism and humor, were plentiful in her lush exhibit Eat Me Two, an epicurean tour of produce in peril and baked goods behaving badly.
Denise says, “Food is just incredibly fragile, and what happens to it when it meets a voracious human could only be described as violent. We grow up in a world where we are indoctrinated with the humanization of every possible inanimate object in cartoons, storybooks, and media advertising.”
“I just got back from a long trip through rural Georgia and South Carolina. I’ve never seen more happy pigs delighted by their imminent demise on BBQ restaurant signs. As a vegetarian, I occasionally get remarks about vegetables having feelings, too. Well, so do baked goods. At least in my paintings, they do.”
If you keep up with Denise on Facebook or her blog, you know she is busier than Dolly Parton’s wig stylist. After a couple of decades of working in the garment industry, Denise now works as a full-time artist.
She explains, “I find out about exhibits by being on the mailing lists of a large number of exhibit call web site listings and calendars. I get spammed. Then, I also get lucky once in a while, and just get asked if I want to be in this, or do that.
“That is how the exhibit at Paulk & Co, Eat me Two, came about. I was contacted, checked out the business, then got really excited. I love concrete, and my paintings wanted to go hang out in the showroom with the tables, counters, and sinks. What they do with that material there is magic. I’m married to a structural engineer, so I get lots of lectures on concrete. Did you know that the fall of the Roman Empire caused the formula for concrete to be lost for, I believe, over a thousand years?”
Visit Paulk + Co. this First Friday, May 2nd, for artist Zach Searcy’s exhibit “Not From Here.” The show is from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. and includes special guests Black Atticus and Carlton Starr Releford. This event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Vestal. Paulk + Co. is located in downtown Knoxville at 510 Williams Street.
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