July 18th, 2020

Chauvet Arts Weekly Feature
Our current exhibit, "Edible Dramas: Indulgent Art to Expose the Human Appetite," offers narratives and reflections on human behavior, featuring vivid “portraits” of everything from produce to large-scale subversive jelly donuts. With an underlying anthropomorphic tone, Stewart-Sanabria’s works include jarred cherries swimming in a pool of artificial coloring, crystallized candy competing with baked goods of mysterious coloration, and fruits acting out ancient fertility rites. Occurring in dramatically lit stage settings, these works are intended to inspire reflection on multiple human appetites, and challenge a deeper understanding of them.

Each week our newsletter will spotlight one piece from the current exhibit to provide a more in-depth look at 
Denise Stewart-Sanabria's work.
This Week's Pick:
Key Lime Tropical Mythology | Oil on Linen | 30 x 30 in. | Sold
About the Artwork
In the words of Denise Stewart-Sanabria, "the natural world of Florida is really a rather dangerous place, but has been stylized, marketed, and promoted as a gorgeous indulgence. Pink flamingos are an obsession and they go with everything - front lawns, shirts, dinnerware. They are as popular as the Ibis must have been to the Ancient Egyptians, but in a totally secular and rather commercial manner." In this piece, Key Lime Tropical Mythology, she has built an altar of tropical fruits for the flamingos - complete with grocery store labels. 
About the Artist
Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville, TN since 1986 and is a recipient of the 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant for her work on wood.
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