Alison Brady's Gluttonous Baroque Portraits are Compelling

By: Sophia Pelka - Published: Jan 27, 2012 • References: alisonbrady and alisonbrady
Alison Brady's feasting portraits are dryly hilarious. These spaghetti-slurping portraits are endearingly disturbing while mocking and ridiculing the seriousness of the art world. Mirroring the classical Baroque style with bouquets, curtains and mushroom haircuts, the collation suggests a certain moral standard, which is being satirized.

Oh, yes. And the spaghetti. Alison Brady has directed her subjects to shove a generous handful of wriggling spaghetti into his/her mouth. The effect is somewhat shocking. The strange prop gives the whole moral attitude of the collection a modern twist. The artist could be attempting to comment on the gluttonous patterns of human beings or she may have just done it for laughs.