Qiaoyi Shi

Edition Review

  • Qiaoyi Shi , Green Melon and Dark Melon (2018)

  • Screenprint, 24 x 18 inches. Edition of 15. Printed by David Love, Philadelphia, PA. Published by the artist. $275.

Qiaoyi Shi, Dark Melon (2018).

From Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s genre-bending portrait paintings of fruit-faces to the confectionary delights of Wayne Thiebaud’s still lifes, artists have long explored food as

a vehicle for the bizarre and the beautiful. Chinese-born, Russian-raised, New York City–based artist Qiaoyi Shi is one. An illustrator and printmaker influenced by an itinerant life and a love of cuisine, she invents images in which figures and foods engage in enigmatic rituals; humanoid dumplings, eggs and avocados appear dressed as synchronized swimmers with one-piece suits and swim caps. Her recent screenprints, Green Melon and Dark Melon, are emblematic.

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