“Eating Patterns” is a humourous exploration of stereotype and the Latvian kitchen incorporating food, pattern and a self-styled costume.
In”Eating Patterns”, Richardson draws upon what she thinks she knows about Latvia, its traditions, food and people from what she has seen and heard. She sets the scene with hand-created backdrop paintings and a mock kitchen. Her costume is reconstructed from colourful clothes and embroidery.
The final and spontaneous ingredient is the performance for the camera. Using the TV cooking show format, the artist will attempt to emulate a Latvian grandma by preparing a typical Latvian dish without the recipe. Question is, can she do it as well as a Latvian grandma? You be the judge.
“Eating Patterns” came about through meeting the Latvian curator, Diana Popova. She was looking for proposals for her pop-up exhibition focused on performing for the camera. I suggested doing my “Mexican Dreaming” performance where I make guacamole in a Mexican TV show format. My suggestion gave Diana ideas. She asked me if I could, perhaps, cook something Latvian?
I had a quick look online to see if there was some sort of food match that match my cooking and improvisational skills. Latvians also cook a lot with potatoes. In recent years a lot of my work has incorporated the potato, so I envisaged doing a Latvian salad.
This was going to be a whole new work. Doing something Latvian meant I needed to make a costume and backdrop, and do the set dressing in a Latvian look. I rushed out to the flea-market to search for props, where I found elements that I could sew together in my studio to become the costume.
In the end, Diana challenged me to prepare something without knowing how to cook it. I took up the challenge. She gave me the ingredients and the name of the dish – “Rupjmaizes Kartojums”. I cooked this before the camera and a studio audience. “Eating Patterns” was born.
The show is on at galerieGEDOKmuc from 11-24 November 2017
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