Lee Price: “Eating has always been my drug of choice but I have learned, and continue to learn, how to simply feel negative emotions instead of trying to eradicate feelings with food. Painting is not therapy for me. It’s a reflection of my life.”
Lee Price Paints Obsessive Relationship Between Women and Food
The artist Lee Price paints obsessive relationship between women and food. This obsession is based on real eating disorders which the artist herself has suffered from in the past. In the series of Lee Price’s realistic self-portraits, the artist portray herself as a subject eating junk food in the bathroom and explore the stages of food obsession behind closed doors.
“My paintings are self-portraits. In most of my paintings, what I want to get across is a sense of distraction. How we grasp for things that distract us from being present when the present is too uncomfortable for us to sit with. How this “checking out” (or compulsion) often creates more harm than if we had just sat with the discomfort in the first place. I think the best ones show not only the negative aspects of this behavior but also the comfort that’s found in doing it… and the absurdity of it.
In regard to women/food issues, I think that many women are brought up, both through our immediate families and through society, to nurture others at the expense of our own needs. We hide our appetites, not just for food but in many areas of our lives, and then consume in secret. In some of my most recent works the women seem to be coming out of the closet, eyeing the viewer – not censoring their hunger.” ― Lee Price, a quote from an interview on dazeddigital.com
“Eating has always been my drug of choice but I have learned, and continue to learn, how to simply feel negative emotions instead of trying to eradicate feelings with food. Painting is not therapy for me. It’s a reflection of my life. When I started with this series my issues with food were not as overwhelming as they had been in my teens and twenties. But compulsive eating was still something that would pop up when I was under stress – even if in a relatively minor way. What I hope my work points people towards is a broader question of how we distract ourselves from the deeper issues that are always at hand and how we can find more constructive ways to seek solace.” ― a quote from an interview on dailymetal.eu
All images © Lee Price