THE MEAT PAINTINGS

The Meat series of paintings emerge from the inherent conflicts surrounding notions of “the romantic” and “the real”, and most particularly, in the dichotomy opposing the ideals of nature with the realities of farming.

Part of Rebecca Scott’s landscape series, the paintings’ seductive portrayal of cuts of meats originally found in the pages of traditional recipe books, represent the culmination of the collective urban disconnection with the land.

Having spent a great length of time living in the English Lake District, the artist became increasingly interested in investigating the local landscape and rural heritage of the region.

The quintessential beauty of the countryside offers a sheer and at times, almost obscene contrast to the harsh reality and demands of modern industrial farming. It is however, this very distance and illusion that the artist attempts to depict in the paintings, arguably trying to reconcile the banality and availability of the meat with the sensuality and carnality of the flesh.

This undeniably points to the glamorised representation of the body as commodity in the everyday and to the recognition of “culture” as a product of the male gaze, with scarce consideration being given to the female as subject.

Rebecca Scott’s Meat series is the artist personal response to the man­made as well as a metaphor for the position of “woman” in male patriarchal culture.

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