An ex-civil engineer working on scrumptious aimed-at-your-tummy oil paintings is exactly what I am talking about!
Pamela Michelle Johnson soon made this tremendous switch from her career as a civil engineer to a full-time artist after her significant trip to Japan where she was awarded an artist in residency at The Institute of Ceramic Studies at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shigaraki, Japan (2003).
She writes in her statement 'Teetering towers of hamburgers, drippy stacks of syrupy waffles, sticky piles of sugary candy... Junk food. It's the taste of America. It is what we eat. It is who we are.'
I do agree with Pamela and you know what - if I had 42" by 72" painted canvas of drippy stacks of syrupy waffles cascading down my kitchen ceiling, um, I would simply rest all my dietary ideals and either gorge down an entire stack of this deliciousness or I'd stare at Pamela's painting until my stomach fell sick with syrup. I am not exaggerating. I am absolutely mesmerized by her content, style, and scale depiction.
The royal colors, glistening highlights on mouthwatering jelly sandwiches and candies, abandoned Entenmann's half-eaten pies, those forbidden Hostess snack cakes conjure up only one word - gluttony. Two words. Insatiable gluttony.
I guess Pamela's work has successfully evoked all those feelings that she intended to. Check out her bio, statement, and her great site pamelamichellejohnson.com.
Thank you so much for allowing me to feature you and your stunning art. I am left speechless with a poptart stuffed mouth. Ah! The guilty pleasures.