This set of photographs is the first in a new approach to my work that will look at constructing photographs using symbolism and references to classical or renaissance painting.
This set is based on ritual consumption of Ortolan Bunting as described by Brenden Riley in an article on Urban Game from a 2006 issue of The Stranger.
"You catch the Ortolan with a net spread up in the forest canopy. Take it alive. Take it home. Poke out its eyes and put it in a small cage. Force-feed it oats and millet and figs until it has swollen to four times its normal size. Drown it in brandy. Roast it whole, in an oven at high heat, for six to eight minutes. Bring it to the table. Place a cloth—a napkin will do—over your head to hide your cruelty from the sight of God. Put the whole bird into your mouth, with only the beak protruding from your lips. Bite. Put the beak on your plate and begin chewing, gently. You will taste three things: First, the sweetness of the flesh and fat. This is God. Then, the bitterness of the guts will begin to overwhelm you. This is the suffering of Jesus. Finally, as your teeth break the small, delicate bones and they begin to lacerate your gums, you will taste the salt of your own blood, mingling with the richness of the fat and the bitterness of the organs. This is the Holy Spirit, the mystery of the Trinity—three united as one. It is cruel. And beautiful". ~ Brenden Riley, 2006
You will Taste Three Things (Ritual Trinity), 2013
Drag Queen Screen Prints
Admiral Duncan Promotion, Soho, 2013
In order Candy SlaginDrag, Baga Chipz, Tanya Hyde, Frankie Fantastique, Mary Mac, Bette Rinse.
Louise, Blue Cast
Louise Red and Blue
Chromatic Aberration Diptych