Food and art go hand-in-hand. Just ask the women behind the latest collection of prints from not-for-profit culinary poster shop, Food For Everyone.
Gemma Leslie, the architect of Food For Everyone, has donned her curator hat for the most recent selection of prints, entitled The Artist Collection. Leslie has paired six chefs with six artists; a process which calls upon the cooks to craft a recipe which is then visually interpreted into a corresponding poster.
Chilean born, Byron-based painter Nuñez Rojas reimagines the wild and rugged cooking of Analiese Gregory. Allie Webb has rendered Etta head chef, Rosheen Kaul's Black Pepper Mud Crab into one of her signature monochromatic lino prints. Mia Boe enjoys a "welcomed break from some of the heavier subjects I often depict in my work" to translate Dom Gattermayr "absolute favourite" Cured Fish Plate into a Dali-esque foodscape.
Alice Oehr knew "immediately" that she "wanted to hero the beautiful broad bean pods and their flowers" after reading Annie Smithers' recipe for Broad Bean Dip. "As everyone who has ever double-shelled a broad bean would know; they are a true labour of love!" she says.
Meanwhile Billie Justice Thomson and Lauren Cassar invoked the imagination and multisensory experience of cooking while interpreting Alice Zaslavsky and Natalie Paull's recipes, respectively.
“When I was approaching the piece, I imagined just getting home from the markets after buying all the ingredients and having them all spread out on the kitchen bench," Thomson says of the In Praise of Veg cookbook author's recipe for Fennel and Tomato Panzanella.
Cassar on the other hand, dug into her own memories of the humble Pavlova. “I embraced Natalie’s recipe by imagining a warm, summery late afternoon with a festive buzz in the air. A pavlova is to be shared – it’s a celebratory desert, and I attempted to capture this happy, dreamy exchange that happens between loved ones while enjoying a delicious treat with my paints, abstracted by the unawareness of time when you often float through the day in the summertime.”
With every poster sold, Food For Everyone donates ten meals to its charity partner SecondBite, one of Australia's largest food rescue organisations. The posters from The Artist Collection are available to purchase from Thursday, November 3 at the Food For Everyone website. Don't hesitate though, there's a limited run of 300 for each poster.