Gold is the color of extravagance, wealth, riches, and excess, which hypnotizes. It also shares several of the same attributes as the color yellow. Its cousins, yellow and brown, are also associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. During the modern period, artists such as Paul Cezanne were highly regarded as the master of the still life genre. We can see they are fruit, yet he painted them as less exact representations, but stylized renditions without losing their substance. I chose to use gold leaf in my work based on the luminance of traditional Icon works that have inspired me. The hamburger is a simple meal whose exact origin is unknown. I sought to explore this modern culinary choice in a stylish way. I built my own burger compositions in my studio with the right lighting, using the same techniques the food stylists use to get the perfectly built burger.
The butterfly is a symbol of regeneration and is a reminder of the fleetingness of life. The butterfly, with its colorful and intricate wings, have a very brief lifespan, a symbol for rebirth and the coming of spring.