SAVOUR 12, 2015
Inkjet print on photo rag paper
90 x 60 cm
Edition of 5
SAVOUR (2015) is a photography installation of twenty-six pictures based on a series of film stills from various movies collected by Cheryl Schurgers in which the female characters are remarkably filmed during dinner scenes compared to the male protagonists.
Many works in art history depict young women and food to emphasize the passing time of their beauty and youth. While food is a well-known metaphor for sexuality, it simultaneously illustrates death and the dissolution of the flesh.
Schurgers focuses on the characteristic textures of food, but the innocent gesture of eating retains its sexual connotation. She uses the style of food advertising to link to its sources that can be found in the flow of images to which we are exposed on a daily basis. The works of SAVOUR strive for artificial beauty, but are in fact a vanitas portrait that seeks to depict the transience of material existence.