Une Bouchee d'Amour (A Mouthful of Love)
Audrey Flack (American, b. 1931)
MediumDigitized drawing, silkscreen
DimensionsSheet : 21 x 18 in. (53.34 x 45.72 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelBeginning in the late 1960s, Audrey Flack took the genre of photorealist art in a new and decidedly more feminist direction. Her highly realistic paintings and prints often contain images of foods, tablewares, cosmetics, jewelry and other everyday objects that raise questions about gender stereotypes, social class and the nature of human desire. Here, Flack juxtaposes the head of an angel from Gian Lorenzo Bernini's 17th-century sculpture The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa with a cupcake and an advanced mathematical formula describing the mechanics of an ocean wave. This seemingly incongruous combination of images encourages the viewer to think about issues involving physical beauty, the cultivation of the intellect and the pursuit of happiness.