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Print - Chicory and Iceberg Salad with Lemon and Lime Dressing [part]
  • Chicory and Iceberg Salad with Lemon and Lime Dressing [part]
    Rook, Anne, born 1945
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Chicory and Iceberg Salad with Lemon and Lime Dressing [part]

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    2002-2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rook, Anne, born 1945 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rosemary Miles

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 211

Anne Rook produces art inspired by the food industry, consumerism and globalisation. Many of her works take food labels and packaging as a starting point. She gathers PLU (price look up) labels from supermarket shelves which provide a code to the retailer on the origin and price of fresh produce. Rook reproduces them in their hundreds, by scanning and then cutting out by hand. She then pastes these together, in collages to suggest made-up supermarket dishes, or, in the case of apples, directly onto the surface of the fruit,. She then scans again to provide flat images which are boxed in the type of plastic containers used to present ready-meals. Other works take the form of 'interventions' in traditional textile or wallpaper designs, where labels subtly replace fruit and flowers in the designs. Sometimes an actual tree will be transformed by a skin of label- printed cloth. These witty and decorative designs serve to remind us that food production and marketing is more to do with mass production and corporate profit and less to do with taste, flavour and ecologically balanced agriculture.

These works were displayed in 'Flypitch' a series of displays in Brixton Market, South London in which every Saturday over a two month period in 2003 a different artist was commissioned to fill a market stall with work which related directly to issues of commerce - but which also carried deeper messages about the nature of business, buying, selling and consuming.

Physical description

Clear plastic container with clip-close lid attached to body of box on one (shorter) side, with three parallel corrugations.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


2002-2003 (made)


Rook, Anne, born 1945 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 3.5 cm approx., Length: 18.2 cm sheet, irregular, Width: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Anne Rook: Chicory and Iceberg Salad (part: container)

Production Note

This is the container for a printed clear plastic sheet, the two pieces together form a single work.

Attribution note: the boxed set 'The Book of Golden Delicious 4021 and 4020' in the NAL was produced in an edition of 100. This print is one of an unnumbered group of proofs.

Subjects depicted

Food industry (the); Consumerism; Agri-business; Globalisation; Supermarkets


Computer Art; Labels & packaging; Shopping


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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