June 27, 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:
Capsaicin Trance | Oil on Linen | 30 x 30 in. | $2,800
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About the Artwork
Capsaicin Trance captures the interaction of a ceramic pig and bunny display dish using a Barbara Kruger-esque vintage print advertising color scheme. After using the same pig prop for a previous commission work to depict the Haitian Revolution, Stewart-Sanabria decided to reuse it upon finding the perfectly sized companion. In this piece, she has created the perfect monochromatic yin and yang relationship between her chosen subjects – noting that pigs and rabbits have been used in both storybooks and advertising for centuries. By using the toile landscape as a backdrop, she alludes to some distantly remembered book or fairytale with its symbolism and meaning forgotten.
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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