Joshua Nierodzinski (they/them) is an artist and curator working at the intersection of material studies, food and history. Joshua is a co-initiator of HEKLER, an artist-run platform that examines the symbiotic relationship between hospitality and conflict. As a studio artist, Joshua creates figurative oil paintings that are designed to be photographed with X-ray, infrared, and ultraviolet light. The result are forensic photographs that reveal layers and stories hidden beneath the surface.
Eating with friends and family is a normal social event for most people.
But for me, it invites horror as much as happiness because I have a
condition called misophonia, or extreme sound sensitivity. Repetitive
lip smacking or slurping triggers overwhelming feelings of anger and
disgust making it impossible to enjoy a meal. Painting the act of eating allows
me to confront these feelings without sound.
My experience with misophonia has led me to a broader obsession
with the narratives and symbolism of food in visual culture. Food is
sexual, political, and social. It says a lot about what we value. My paintings examine
the potential for beauty and conflict whenever we take a seat at the table.
Images courtesy the artist.
The Youth, 2019. Oil on canvas. 10 x 12 in.
Dinner Prayer, 2019. Oil on canvas. 10 x 12 in.
Cherry Pie, 2019. Oil in canvas. 10 x 12 in.
Board Meeting, 2019. Oil on canvas. 10 x 12 in.