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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:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    2002-2003 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rook, Anne, born 1945 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear acetate sheet, printing ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rosemary Miles

  • Museum number:

    E.378:2-2005

  • 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

Sheet of clear plastic, printed with a pattern made up of duplicated food labels taken from the ingredients of the ready-meal chicory and iceberg [lettuce] salad with lemon and lime dressing. There are two of each of three labels and four of a fourth label. One of the label designs replicates The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, another is clearly lettered 'Persian limes produce of...', a third is lettered 'ami' and 'pr.....[not clearly legible] en espana' etc. The fourth bears an image of a church with spire and lettered 'la pointe d@Ailly'.
Above the pattern is printed the name of the salad and below, the words: 'Produce of more than one country'' and 'Best before: see reverse'.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

2002-2003 (made)

Artist/maker

Rook, Anne, born 1945 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Clear acetate sheet, printing ink

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm sheet, Width: 14 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Anne Rook: Chicory and Iceberg Salad (part: image sheet)

Production Note

This printed clear plastic sheet is presented in a clear plastic food container (E.378|:1-2005), the two pieces together form a single work.

Subjects depicted

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

Categories

Computer Art; Labels & packaging; Shopping

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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