Kitchens depicts San Francisco Bay Area residential kitchens in apartments, condos, houses, and one sailboat. In these portraits, the kitchens’ larger fixtures are sketched only lightly, while the contributions of the kitchens’ users — food, implements, ornaments, linens, random detritus — are meticulously rendered in color, albeit with a sense of temporariness, deriving from the absence of shadows. Although it is these objects (and their placement) that give each kitchen its unique character, they are easily consumed, rearranged, and replaced, their existence ultimately as ephemeral as residence itself.
Each portrait was generated start-to-finish in a single session, with the vantage point of each determined by a combination of available lighting, kitchen layout, and the artist’s interest. The kitchens’ owners/users were also asked not to tidy. Thus each piece can be seen not just as a portrait of a particular kitchen, but as a capture of that kitchen in one specific, unrepeatable moment.