|Title||Taking the Soup|
|Subtitle||Food as Metaphor, Connection or Power & Weapon|
|Artist / Creator||Bessie Smith Moulton|
|Place of Publication||Falmouth, ME|
|Process / Technique||Printed on an Indigo press|
|Number of Images||30|
|Image Process||Photo transfer|
|Structure / Binding||Wooden recipe box prepared with layers of milk paint and finished with wax|
|Medium / Materials||A photo transfer image of a hand holding a mug of soup under the shadow of a cross is on top. The box title and closures are handmade of brass. It contains 20 individual cards, each illustrated with a photograph by the artist. They open to 6 x 7.5 inches with text that explores the origin, myth, ritual or history of food. Cards are separated into three categories labeled Metaphor, Connection or Power & Weapon.|
|Paper Stock||LOE (Lustro Offset Environmental) coated card stock|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7 x 4.75 x 2.5 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Signed & Numbered||Unsigned|
Nearly every social event is around food, whether it is two family members sitting down together or a lavish wedding celebration. Each culture uses food to heal, celebrate, nurture, honor, welcome, commemorate, bind, sanctify, control, or even wound. Because food is our most basic necessity, it bonds us to each other and to the earth. Throughout history food has had power and meaning beyond the mundane. Whatever the association, food as symbol, connection, power or weapon, most of us experience food on more than one level.
Artist BioBessie's artists' books explore a wide range of themes...many inspired by her travels. In some way they all investigate her main interest in origins: of words, religions, colors, foodways and many other things often taken for granted. Her educational background and experience in the fields of psychology, fine arts, art education and art therapy led her to this ideal medium for personal expression. Bessie's artists' books are in the collections of museums, libraries and private collections internationally.